Tower Hamlets councillor in ‘threat to kill’ allegation released on bail

17:17 17 May 2012

Cllr Kosru Uddin

Cllr Kosru Uddin

Dan McCurry www.danmccurry.com

The councillor arrested at last night’s heated Tower Hamlets council meeting over allegations of threats to kill has been given police bail.

Labour’s Kosru Uddin, 45, was released after spending the night in custody at a police station in east London.

His arrest at 11.35 last night came after being involved in a row with Rania Khan, an independent cabinet member, then with her mother Lutfa Khan who is also a councillor.

Rania was seen leaving in tears, getting into the lift. She told the Advertiser this-afternoon: “I was shaking by the incident.

“Now I just want to get over it and get myself together.

“I’ve had a lot of people calling me all day. I just want to see justice done.”

The row broke out during a late night emergency debate behind closed doors on failed attempts to appoint a new Tower Hamlets chief executive to fill the vacant post after eight months. Press and public had just been excluded after the open part of the meeting.

Lutfa, who attended the meeting in traditional Bengali dress, could be heard shouting inside the council chamber.

Three councillors intervened and are said to have pinned an angry Cllr Uddin to the wall before bundling him out into the corridor, witnessed by most of the council.

One councillor in the chamber said later: “He seemed extremely angry—his eyes appeared wild. I’ve never seen anything like that. It was shocking.”

Security officers cleared the lobby outside the chamber immediately after the row. An Advertiser journalist was ordered to leave and was escorted down to the ground-floor reception area.

Police interviewed members of the council and the authority said it was “helping police with their enquiries as required.”

Scotland Yard confirmed this-afternoon that a 45-year-old man arrested at the Town Hall on suspicion of making threats to kill has been released on bail, pending further inquiries. There have been no charges to date.

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