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KOLKATA/MIDNAPORE: A Tri­namool Congress MLA was shot dead by uniden­ti­fied gun­men while at­tend­ing an event in West Ben­gal’s Nadia district late on Satur­day, trig­ger­ing an­gry re­ac­tions from the party amid ten­sion in the area.

Satya­jit Biswas (37), a leg­is­la­tor from Kr­ish­na­ganj, was shot dead around 7.30pm while he was at­tend­ing a Saraswati Puja event at Phul­bari, about 140 km from Kolkata, along with state min­is­ter Ratna Ghosh. The in­ci­dent hap­pened min­utes after Ghosh left the venue.

Po­lice said the at­tack­ers, who could not be im­me­di­ately iden­ti­fied, merged with the crowd and fired mul­ti­ple shots at Biswas from a close range when he was ex­it­ing the stage.

The sit­ting Mem­ber of Leg­isla­tive Assem­bly (MLA) was rushed to a nearby hospi­tal, where doc­tors de­clared him dead.

“We have re­cov­ered the coun­try-made re­volver used to fire on the MLA,” said Ru­pesh Ku­mar, su­per­in­ten­dent of po­lice of Nadia district, adding that the gun­men man­aged to flee the spot after the crime. Tri­namool lead­ers ex­pressed anger soon after the attack. “Satya­jit was a dear party col­league of mine. Words are fail­ing me. Re­cently, BJP lead­ers have tried to cre­ate dis­tur­bance in the area and stoke ten­sion. There was a care­fully or­ches­trated plan to elim­i­nate Satya­jit that is de­signed to ben­e­fit the BJP,” al­leged Tri­namool Congress gen­eral sec­re­tary Partha Chat­ter­jee. “The BJP is re­spon­si­ble. They are solely re­spon­si­ble. It has not hap­pened in Ben­gal ear­lier,” said Anubrata Mon­dal, a TMC ob­server.

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