Three young men who had had one drink too many were arrested early on Wednesday after they allegedly peed on a police kiosk and dropped Didi’s name to get out of trouble.
“Didi ke bole debo (We will tell Didi)!” the police quoted one of the men as saying when an officer stepped out of the kiosk at the intersection of Ripon Street and Rafi Ahmed Kidwai Road to stop them from relieving themselves there.
An officer said Zohed Khan, 24, Sarfaraz Khan, 25, and Mohammad Shabir, 21, had alighted from a Honda City around 1am and walked a few paces before choosing the police kiosk to lighten their bursting bladders.
When confronted, the men not only claimed to have access to chief minister Mamata Banerjee but also allegedly assaulted the cop. “They also tore our colleague’s uniform,” the officer said.
Sarfaraz, who lives near Park Street, runs a small business with his father while Shabir works for him. Zohed is an unemployed youth.
The trio were booked for voluntarily causing hurt to deter a public servant from his duty, assault or criminal force to deter a public servant from discharge of his duty, criminal intimidation, insult with intention to provoke breach of peace and common intention.
An equally serious charge that the police haven’t pressed against them is of drink driving. The trio were produced in court on Wednesday morning and remanded in judicial custody till August 6.
Sources at Park Street police station said they didn’t have second thoughts about arresting the accused despite their threat to “tell Didi”.
There have been instances of law-enforcing agencies looking the other way when required to haul up people known to wield political clout or for their proximity to the centre of power.
Bengal police are still in a tangle over treating the complaint against actor-turned Trinamul MP Tapas Paul as an FIR. Paul had been caught on camera making a hate speech with threats to let loose party workers to “rape” their rivals.
Trinamul’s Birbhum chief Anubrata Mondal and MLA Manirul Islam, both accused in murder cases, have escaped police action for months, allegedly because of their proximity to Mamata. A few years ago, the police had freed a group of Trinamul workers accused of a drunken brawl after Mamata intervened.