Shoe baron kidnap accused arrested in Maharashtra

July 17th, 2011 - 12:28 am ICT by IANS  

Kolkata, July 16 (IANS) Noor-e-Alam, an accused in the sensational kidnapping of shoe baron Partha Pratim Roy Burman in 2001, has been arrested from Maharashtra, police said Saturday.

Noor-e-Alam alias Shahbaz was arrested by Maharashtra Police’s Anti-Terrorist Squad a few days back and handed over to the Criminal Investigation Department of West Bengal Police.

“He has been brought from Mumbai. He will be produced in court Sunday,” said a senior CID official.

Alam, who was absconding for long, was nabbed by the ATS in connection with another case. During interrogation, it transpired that he was an accused in the Roy Burman case.

Mafia don Aftab Ansari and four others have been sentenced to life in the case.

Ansari, the prime accused in the case, was the brain behind the conspiracy hatched in Dubai to kidnap Roy Burman, the owner of Khadim Shoes.

Roy Burman was abducted on way to his company’s factory on July 25, 2001from the Tiljala area of east Kolkata and kept confined within a house in Pakuria village of neighbouring Howrah

The injured Roy Burman was allowed to return home on Aug 2, 2001 after his family members paid a ransom of Rs 37.5 million.

Two of the accused Asif Reza Khan and Obeda died during trial.

Three other accused– a bar singer, Swati Pal, Babloo Zafar and Noor Ahmed Mollah - had turned approvers in the case.

Roy Burman had been declared ‘hostile’ by the prosecution for refusing to identify his voice in an audio tape made while he was in the custody of his abductors.

An official from the US’ Federal Bureau of Investigation had deposed in the case.

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