Kolkata: A Kolkata court on Monday (August 2, 2021) sentenced Khoda Badshah alias Noor Islam Fakir, the main accused in the 2011 death of 172 people due to consumption of poisonous liquor, to life imprisonment. The Alipur District Sessions Court has found Badshah alias Noor Islam Fakir guilty of murder. In his order, the additional district judge said that the sentence will continue till the death of the Noor and he will remain in jail. Khoda Badshah has also been sentenced to 10 years in prison for poisoning people. The court said the two sentences will go together.
The prosecution told the court that at least 172 people living in Magrahat, Usthi, and Mandir bazaars in South 24 Parganas district lost their lives due to consumption of poisonous liquor sold by Badshah on December 14, 2011, while many suffered from permanent disabilities like blindness. Badshah had claimed innocence and said that he did not do any such business. The Department of Criminal Investigation (CID) found that methyl alcohol and some toxic chemicals were used to make illicit alcohol more powerful, making alcohol toxic. Badshah, who surrendered after the arrest of several of his associates, has been in judicial custody since 2012.
On Saturday (July 31, 2021), Additional District Judge Pushpal Satpati found him guilty. Fakir's lawyer, Rampada Jana, said, "My client told the court that the business was run by other people and that he was not directly involved in it. We will challenge this order in the Calcutta High Court.'' On the other hand, Public Prosecutor Tamal Mukherjee said, "The order has sent a strong message to the society.''