Bengal hooch tragedy prime suspect surrenders (Lead)

January 16th, 2012 - 8:57 pm ICT by IANS  

Kolkata, Jan 16 (IANS) Noor Islam Sheikh alias Khora Badshah, prime suspect in the Sangrampur hooch tragedy in which 171 people were killed, surrendered before a court in West Bengal’s South 24-Parganas district Monday, police said. He was sent to 14 days in police custody.

The Criminal Investigation Department (CID), which is probing the liquor tragedy, said Sheikh gave himself up at the additional chief judicial magistrate’s court in Diamond Harbour.

“He has been sent to 14 days’ police remand. We have brought him to the CID headquarters at Bhavani Bhaban for interrogation,” Deputy Inspector General (Operations) CID K. Jayaraman told IANS.

With this, the total number of arrests in the case has gone up to 15. Among those arrested are Sheikh’s wife, Nurjahan Bibi.

At least 171 people — mostly masons, labourers and hawkers — perished after consuming spurious liquor at shanties near Sangrampur railway station of South 24-Parganas district Dec 13-14 last year.

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