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Probe stuck in rule knot

Bidhannagar police allegedly refused to probe Howrah lodge owner Sumit Naha’s unexplained death at his Baguiati home after his family lodged a complaint on Tuesday holding Trinamul leader Dipak Shaw responsible for the death.

Naha, 49, was found lifeless in a chair in the living room on Monday morning.

His family said he died because of threats from Shaw after he was denied entry into Bharat Lodge at Golabari in Howrah where he had been allegedly using room No. 1 on the ground floor as his “suite of vice” for the past two years.

The complaint lodged with Baguiati police station specifically accuses Shaw of extortion, criminal intimidation and common intention.

But officers at Bidhannagar commissionerate turned down the Naha family’s request for a probe citing “jurisdiction issues”.

“We will forward the case to Howrah police on Wednesday. That’s why we did not start an investigation,” said an officer. “Several calls were made to Naha before his death but we did not verify the callers’ identities since we won’t be probing the case.”

Naha’s mother Manju, co-owner of the budget hotel near Howrah station, alleged that Shaw had repeatedly threatened to kill her son after lodge manager Asish Manna filed a police complaint against the Trinamul leader. Shaw allegedly wanted the complaint withdrawn.