Filmmaker Suman Mukhopadhyay leaves New Town police station after what officers said was an ‘hour-long discussion’ to clarify some of his comments on injuries suffered by an actress at Swissotel in New Town last month.
Exactly a month ago, Suman had first been summoned to the police station and kept in confinement through the night in connection with a letter sent by the hotel, stating that there were ‘profuse bloodstains on the bed sheet, floor and washroom’ of the room booked by an actress and where the filmmaker had allegedly been seen with her. The letter from the hotel had sought police help to carry out ‘necessary investigation’, — a line that prompted the police to draw up an FIR.
The filmmaker had apparently been to the hotel with the actress on May 23, a day before she was admitted to hospital with an arm injury. The nature of the injury necessitated an intimation to the police, after which the cops apparently got down
to trying to establish that Suman had a hand in it.
The treatment meted out to Suman prompted many to suspect that he was being targeted for criticising many decisions of the Trinamul government.
‘The hotel has been showcaused for not keeping details of the person staying with the woman who had booked the room. We wouldn’t have known about the person had it not been for the CCTV footage,’ said a police officer.
A Swissotel official told Metro late on Thursday: ‘We haven’t heard about any showcause and so cannot comment on it.’
Suman arrived at New Town police station — with lawyers in tow — around 1.10pm. Before leaving the police station, he said: ‘The police wanted to know a few things. I have told them what they wanted to know.’
‘We have recorded the filmmaker’s explanations, which would be crucial to unravelling whether there had been a deliberate attempt to hide something,’ said an officer.
Reporting by Kinsuk Basu and picture by Mayukh Sengupta