One more person who had been named in the suicide note purportedly found on the body of Hemtabad MLA Debendra Nath Roy was arrested from Kashimbazar near Mothabari in Malda district on Friday afternoon.
Mabud Ali was arrested by police who handed him over to the CID which has been probing the MLA’s death.
Niloy Singha and Mabud Ali were named in the “suicide note” as well as an FIR filed by Roy’s wife Chadima Roy. The CID had already arrested Singha from Malda.
Recently, CID sleuths had come to know that Ali had taken shelter at his relative’s place somewhere in Kaliachak and passed on the information to three police stations of the area. “Soon after receiving the note from the CID, we explored all our sources. Thus, we came to know that Ali was being sheltered by one of his relatives at Babla village. He was changing his hideout every night to evade the arrest. We arrested him on Friday afternoon when he reached Kashimbazar on a two-wheeler,” said Bitul Pal, the officer-in-charge of Mothabari police station.
The MLA had defected from the CPM to the BJP last year. The resident of Baliadighi village in Hemtabad block of North Dinajpur was found hanging in front of a shop on July 13 morning.
After the death, the investigators said Singha and Ali had borrowed Rs 1 crore from Debendra Nath Roy.
The BJP is still not ready to buy the suicide theory and alleged that the legislator had been murdered.
“We have doubts about the suicide note and suspect it is a ploy by the police to shield those who killed the MLA. We are not satisfied with the probe by the CID and will stick to our demand for a CBI investigation,” North Dinajpur district BJP president Biswajit Lahiri said.
Sandip Biswas, the spokesperson for the district Trinamul, said the CID had proved its competence by arresting both the accused men. “The BJP had tried to politicise the MLA’s death and the true nature of the party will be exposed soon,” said Biswas.