The key accused in the death of hotel owner Sumit Naha, who police said was on the run, apparently turned up at a Howrah court on Tuesday to sign an application for anticipatory bail.
Nishat Parvez, the deputy commissioner (headquarters) of Howrah police, said sleuths were unaware that Dipak Shaw had come to the Howrah district court. “Our teams are carrying out raids every day to arrest him. He is on the run.”
Dipak’s lawyer Sanjay Gupta said his client had come to the court during the day to sign his bail plea. “Dipak had instructed me to keep the application ready. He arrived in the afternoon and signed the application.” The court will hear his plea on June 14.
According to the police, Dipak has been absconding since Naha was found dead at his Baguiati home early on June 23.
Naha’s mother Manju has alleged that her son died because of threat calls from Dipak. The calls apparently came after Naha refused to get Asish Manna, the manager of the family’s Bridge Lodge near Howrah station, to withdraw a complaint of assault against Dipak.
The footage of a CCTV camera installed in the lodge shows someone resembling Shaw assaulting Manna.
The Nahas have alleged that Dipak had been using the lodge as his “pleasure den”. He would allegedly beat up the manager whenever he was refused accommodation.
Local Trinamul leader Riaz Khan, from whose phone the threat calls were allegedly made, was arrested on Sunday morning.
Dibyendu Das, in his mid-20s, was arrested on Monday night on the charge of manhandling constable Arun Sarkar in front of South City Mall after the cop accosted him for creating nuisance in an intoxicated state.
Koche Mir, 28, a Trinamul worker, was allegedly beaten to death by a group of the party supporters in Kashipur on Tuesday.