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Rookie who pulled trigger

Sheikh Subhan, who shot a cop in broad daylight on Tuesday, was responsible for the upkeep of the Trinamul Congress office in ward 134.

But that was one of the “least important” assignments for the 27-year-old.

“He has been learning the ropes — from protection to extortion to construction — in the political minefield of the port division. His mentor is his uncle Mohammad Ibne,” an ally of Subhan told Metro.

Officers of the port division said that Subhan was still a “nausikhia (amateur)” in the crime world, with no case registered against him.

“On Tuesday, he used a single-shotter to fire the bullet on the run that killed the sub-inspector. A hardened criminal would have used a sophisticated weapon,” said an officer.

One of Subhan’s crucial assignments was to ensure that lorries ferrying garments of merchants who allegedly pay “protection money” to the civic bosses in the area are not robbed anywhere between Metiabruz and Hastings. “As long as we keep paying the political leaders, they deploy their men [like Subhan] to guard our goods,” said a garments trader in Metiabruz.

Subhan lost his father to a political turf battle a decade ago. Since then he has been mentored by his uncle Mohammed Ibne, a Trinamul functionary and close aide of councillor Mohammed Iqbal, alias Munna, who is also the chairman of borough 15.

“Thanks to Ibne’s clout, Subhan would also keep an eye on several illegal construction sites bearing the Trinamul stamp,” said an officer.

Witnesses told Metro that Subhan was detained on Tuesday for causing trouble outside Harimohan Ghose College but Ibne along with another Trinamul functionary, Sanu, got him released.

Off the political pitch, Subhan is known to frequent the shopping centres mushrooming in Metiabruz with goods from Thailand and China. “He has a thing for expensive clothes. His motto is: work hard for the party and party hard after work,” said a friend.