Kolkata: 12-day police custody for son of Arsalan owner in accident case

The Fatal Squad Traffic Police has taken over the investigation. (File)

The son of a popular restaurant chain owner, who was arrested after his speeding Jaguar hit a Mercedes and killed two Bangladeshi nationals, was sent to 12 days’ police remand on Sunday, PTI reported.

Rejecting his bail plea, Chief Metropolitan Magistrate (in-charge) Alakananda Roy remanded 21-year-old Arsalan Parwez in police custody till August 29. Parwez is the son of the owner of a famous Biryani restaurant chain, Arsalan, in the city.

The incident took place around 1.50 am on Saturday at the crossing of Shakespeare Sarani and Loudon Street in Central Kolkata. The car crashed into three people standing close to a police booth.

"A private car Jaguar WB 20AU 9797 hit another private car Mercedes WB 02AM6199 and subsequently dashed three pedestrians among them. Two were removed to SSKM Hospital where they were declared as brought dead while the third person left unhurt," a senior police officer had said. The vehicle was reportedly speeding at over 100 km per hour at the time of the accident.

Two occupants of the Mercedes also sustained injuries in the crash and are currently undergoing treatment at a city hospital.

Parvez, who had completed his education from the UK and had returned to the city two years ago, was initially absconding and was later arrested by the police.

Following the incident, a case was registered under section 279 (rash driving), 427 (mischief causing damage) and 304 (culpable homicide not amounting to murder) of the Indian Penal Code (IPC).

Seeking his police remand, the prosecution today claimed that the accused, who was driving at a high speed in inclement weather, had jumped the red signal at the four-point Loudon Street-Shakespeare Sarani intersection in south Kolkata.

Public prosecutors Abhijit Chatterjee and Snehangshu Ghosh said the investigation into the incident was at an early stage and Parwez’s custodial interrogation was required to establish the chain of events that led to the death of two persons.

The prosecution claimed that the two Bangladeshi nationals, who were later identified as Kazi MD Mainul Alam (36) of Jhenaidah district and Farhana Islam Tania (30) of Dhaka, had taken shelter under the police kiosk due to heavy rain when the incident took place.

Debajyoti Sengupta, the lawyer representing the 21-year-old, submitted before the court that the Jaguar did not dash against the three persons under the kiosk.

According to the Bangladesh deputy high commission in the city, Kazi was in Kolkata for eye treatment and Farhana worked with Citibank in Dhaka.

The Bangladesh Deputy High Commission in Kolkata is now coordinating with MEA and the West Bengal Government to arrange for the dead bodies to be sent back to the country.

(With inputs from Sweety Kumari)