2 BJP work­ers nabbed in TMC MLA’S mur­der

DNA (Daily News & Analysis) Mumbai Edition - - FRONT PAGE - Ar­shad Ali ar­[email protected]­dia.net

Kolkata: A day af­ter TMC leg­is­la­tor Satya­jit Biswas was shot dead at point blank range at a Saraswati puja in Na­dia dis­trict’s Phulpur, two Bharatiya Janata Party work­ers were ar­rested on the charge of mur­der on Sun­day.

The two sus­pects, Kar­tik Mon­dal and Su­jit Mon­dal, were Tri­namool Congress work­ers be­fore they de­fected to the BJP.

An FIR has been filed at Han­skhali po­lice sta­tion which names, among other peo­ple, BJP ex­ec­u­tive com­mit­tee mem­ber and Ben­gal in-charge Mukul Roy.

The po­lice depart­ment has also sus­pended Biswas’s body­guard Prab­has Mon­dal, and Anindya Basu, the of­fi­cer in charge of Han­skhali po­lice sta­tion, which has ju­ris­dic­tion over the scene of crime.

“They have been sus­pended for neg­li­gence of duty. There could be oth­ers who are in­volved in the mur­der and we are in­ves­ti­gat­ing the case,” said In­spec­tor Gen­eral (south Ben­gal) Neeraj Ku­mar Singh.

The state govern­ment has or­dered a probe into the mur­der by the Crim­i­nal In­ves­ti­ga­tion Depart­ment.

The po­lice are look­ing for one more sus­pect, BJP wro­ker Ab­hi­jit Pun­duri, who is ab­scond­ing since the crime.

Un­able to find him, the cops have de­tained his mother. On Satur­day, ag­i­tated Tri­namool Congress work­ers had at­tacked Pun­duri’s res­i­dence.

The po­lice said it seemed the shoot­ers knew the lo­cal­ity very well, “other­wise it would not have been pos­si­ble for them to shoot at the MLA in such a crowded place and es­cape un­no­ticed”.

Roy con­tested the al­le­ga­tions, say­ing “nam­ing some­body in a paper” didn’t prove any­thing. Turn to P4

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