The West Bengal Felony Investigation Division (CID) on Wednesday arrested Muhammad Nasir Khan, an alleged legal, from Barrackpore in North 24 Parganas district in reference to the homicide of Bharatiya Janata Get together (BJP) chief Manish Shukla at Titagarh in the identical district on Sunday evening.
That is the third arrest for the reason that early hours of Tuesday. It’s suspected that Khan is aware of the motorcycle-borne shooters who opened hearth on Shukla in entrance of a number of folks on a crowded BT Street round eight.27 pm on Sunday.
Forensic specialists visited the spot on Wednesday afternoon. They collected some soil samples and calculated the doable trajectory paths of the bullets fired.
The shooters carried out the complete operation in 78 seconds, CID officers have discovered from safety digital camera footage. Throughout this quick time they fired 18 rounds, of which greater than seven hit Shukla within the head and torso. One spherical didn’t hearth and the ammunition was discovered close to Shukla’s physique.
“He was fired at even after he had fallen. This means that the shooters wished to make sure his dying. They have been professionals,” an officer instructed HT on situation of anonymity.
CID groups have carried out raids at a number of locations in South 24 Parganas and Kolkata in the hunt for the shooters and the homicide weapons. A crew has gone to Jharkhand as nicely.
Shukla, 39, was an outgoing councilor of the Titagarh municipality and in addition a lawyer at Barrackpore court docket.
Officers concerned within the investigation stated that Nasir Khan has a number of legal circumstances pending in opposition to him. He was concerned in operating playing operations and was accused in not less than two homicide circumstances previously.
Khan was launched on bail from judicial custody a couple of months in the past. It’s being probed whether or not he’s an Indian nationwide or an unlawful immigrant from Bangladesh who procured paperwork to show his citizenship, an officer stated on situation of anonymity.
The daddy of Muhammad Khurram, one of many males arrested earlier, was murdered 10 years in the past, stated BJP leaders and the police. Shukla was one of many accused within the homicide case registered in April 2010. The fees in opposition to him have been later dropped.
It’s suspected that Khurram tried to take revenge. He was earlier charged for finishing up assaults on Shukla. There have been 4 makes an attempt on Shukla’s life between 2009 and 2018.
Sheikh Gulab, the second man arrested by CID, is suspected to have adopted Shukla’s actions and handed on the knowledge to the hitmen.