Riaz Khan, the Howrah Trinamul leader arrested in connection with the death of hotel owner Sumit Naha, has not revealed the whereabouts of main accused Dipak Shaw, police said on Monday.
Khan, from whose phone an alleged threat call had been made to Naha, was arrested on Sunday morning and has been questioned several times since. Naha was found dead at his Baguiati home early on June 23.
The Howrah police said they were banking on Khan for information about Shaw, who has apparently been absconding since Naha’s death.
“We interrogated Riaz throughout Monday but he did not divulge anything that could lead to Shaw’s arrest. We will question him again on Tuesday,” said an officer of Golabari police station.
Riaz, the dapper Trinamul leader who was often spotted in the company of senior party functionaries from Howrah, has been sent to police custody for seven days.
The police said Riaz was returning home from Bihar when he was arrested at Howrah station. According to the police, he had fled Howrah after Naha’s death.
Sleuths said they had raided many places in search of Shaw based on intelligence but failed to find him.
Shaw had allegedly forcefully converted a room at Naha’s Bridge Lodge into a “pleasure den”.
The police said Shaw would threaten Naha whenever he was refused accommodation.
Naha’s mother Manju has alleged that her son died because of threat calls from Shaw after he refused to get lodge manager Asish Manna withdraw his complaint against the accused. The footage of a CCTV camera installed in the lodge shows someone resembling Shaw repeatedly assaulting Manna.
The family’s complaint against Shaw and Khan mentions extortion, criminal intimidation and culpable homicide not amounting to murder, which is a non-bailable offence.
The body of a woman was found on the premises of Bhatpara State General Hospital on Monday. Police have identified the victim as Sanchita Paswan Gupta, 27, wife of Prakash Gupta, who works at a jute mill nearby. Gupta was later arrested on the charge of murdering his wife, the police said.