Ben­gal po­lit­i­cal par­ties con­demn killing

Ma­mata terms in­ci­dent in­hu­man; CPI(M) asks State govt. to take up is­sue with Cen­tre

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Union Home Min­is­ter Ra­j­nath Singh re­fused to an­swer ques­tions on the killing of the mi­grant worker from West Ben­gal in Ra­jasthan al­leg­ing “love ji­had,” a term made pop­u­lar by right wing Hindu groups, in­di­cat­ing that the in­ci­dent was “a po­lit­i­cal” one.

“Now you are ask­ing a po­lit­i­cal ques­tion … Thank you very much,” Mr. Singh told jour­nal­ists in Kolkata when asked about the in­ci­dent in Ra­jasthan. He ended the press con­fer­ence — mainly on bor­der se­cu­rity — im­me­di­ately and did not take any fur­ther ques­tions.

‘In­hu­man and sad’

Po­lit­i­cal par­ties in West Ben­gal came to­gether to con­demn the killing of Afrazul Khan, a mi­grant worker from Malda. Chief Min­is­ter Ma­mata Banerjee tweeted that she “strongly con­demn[s] the heinous killing of a labourer from Ben­gal in Ra­jasthan.” “How can peo­ple be so in­hu­man? Sad,” she said on her Twit­ter han­dle.

Mo­ham­mad Salim, MP, Com­mu­nist Party of In­dia (Marx­ist) and Polit Bureau mem­ber, said the State gov­ern­ment should take up the is­sue with the Cen­tre.

Pradip Bhat­tacharya, a Ra­jya Sabha MP from the Congress, said a “law­less sit­u­a­tion” had been cre­ated in the coun­try. “If this keeps hap­pen­ing, the coun­try will be de­stroyed,” he said.

Afrazul Khan, 50, was work­ing in Ra­jasthan for the last 20 years. Hail­ing from Syed­pur vil­lage in Malda dis­trict, he is sur­vived by wife Gul­ba­har Bibi and three daugh­ters. Two of them are mar­ried while the third one is in Class IX.

Kin seek probe

“We want a thor­ough in­ves­ti­ga­tion into the in­ci­dent and the cul­prit to be pun­ished,” a rel­a­tive of Afrazul told re­porters.

His fam­ily mem­bers said they did not know why he was killed. “We don’t know the real rea­son. He was the sole bread­win­ner of the fam­ily. We came to know that the per­son who killed him had called him on the pre­text of giv­ing him work,” a rel­a­tive said.

(With PTI in­puts)


Home Min­is­ter Ra­j­nath Singh, West Ben­gal CM Ma­mata Banerjee and Assam CM Sar­bananda Sonowal at a meet­ing in Kolkata on Thurs­day.

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