Mukul Roy named in FIR over TMC MLA’s killing

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NA­DIA/MIDNAPORE: The West Ben­gal Po­lice on Sun­day ar­rested two peo­ple for their al­leged in­volve­ment in the killing of a Tri­namool Congress MLA and named Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) leader Mukul Roy as a “con­spir­a­tor” in the first FIR filed over the in­ci­dent that took place a day ear­lier.

Satya­jit Biswas, who rep­re­sented Ben­gal’s Kr­ish­na­ganj con­stituency, was shot dead on Sat­ur­day evening while he was leav­ing an event in Na­dia dis­trict.

The 41-year-old leg­is­la­tor’s per­sonal se­cu­rity of­fi­cer and the sta­tion house of­fi­cer of the area were sus­pended af­ter the in­ci­dent, ac­cord­ing to the po­lice.

he in­ves­ti­ga­tion into the killing has been handed over to the Crime In­ves­ti­ga­tion Di­vi­sion (CID).

Roy, who was with the Tri­namool Congress be­fore join­ing the BJP, said the al­le­ga­tions against him re­lated to Biswas’ killing were fab­ri­cated, ad­ding that the MLA was a vic­tim of in­fight­ing within the rul­ing party.

“It’s ridicu­lous that they have named me in the FIR. It only re­flects the amount of panic the TMC is suf­fer­ing,” the BJP’s

Lok Sabha man­age­ment com­mit­tee in­charge for West Ben­gal said.

Po­lice said five peo­ple have been named in the FIR over the killing.

Apart from Roy and those ar­rested – Kartik Mon­dal and Su­jit Mon­dal – two peo­ple named Abhijit Pun­dari and Kali­pada Malda have also been ac­cused in the case. “A coun­try­made re­volver used to shoot the MLA has been re­cov­ered. As per our pri­mary find­ings, it seems that the vic­tim was shot from be­hind and the act was the re­sult of a well-planned plot,” a dis­trict po­lice of­fi­cer said on the con­di­tion of anonymity.

The FIR was lodged on a com­plaint filed by Mi­lan Saha, an aide of the MLA, who al­leged that Pun­dari fired the weapon as three oth­ers pre­vented Biswas from leav­ing the venue. Shortly af­ter the ar­rests on Sun­day, Tri­namool Congress lead­ers ac­cused the BJP of try­ing to in­cite vi­o­lence for po­lit­i­cal gains in the state.

“The BJP is stoop­ing too low. Those who have killed him will not be spared,” said TMC gen­eral sec­re­tary and state ed­u­ca­tion min­is­ter Partha Chat­ter­jee af­ter vis­it­ing the MLA’s fam­ily at Kr­ish­na­ganj, about 120km from Kolkata.

BJP Ben­gal pres­i­dent Dilip Ghosh, who de­manded an in­ves­ti­ga­tion by CID, said the mur­der of Biswas was sim­i­lar to the killing of the Tri­namool Congress’s Han­skhali block com­mit­tee pres­i­dent Du­lal Biswas in April 2017. He said that those linked to the Ma­mata Ban­er­jee-led party were ar­rested in the case.

“All sorts of mafia have taken shel­ter in TMC and the party’s or­gan­i­sa­tion is col­laps­ing due to in­fight­ing,” Ghosh said.

Surya Kanta Mishra, the state sec­re­tary of the Com­mu­nist Party of In­dia (Marx­ist), said the MLA’s mur­der proved that lawlessness pre­vailed in Ben­gal.

Af­ter Biswas’ cre­ma­tion on Sun­day af­ter­noon, his wife Ru­pali said she was con­fi­dent it was a “po­lit­i­cal mur­der”.

The in­ci­dent comes amid po­lit­i­cal ten­sion in the state, with Tri­namool Congress pres­i­dent and West Ben­gal chief min­is­ter Ma­mata Ban­er­jee re­cently hold­ing a sit-in in Kolkata af­ter block­ing the Cen­tral Bureau of In­ves­ti­ga­tion’s at­tempt to ar­rest the city’s po­lice com­mis­sioner, Ra­jeev Kumar, in the Saradha chit fund case.

The Supreme Court later said the CBI should not take any “co­er­cive ac­tion” against Kumar, but al­lowed his ques­tion­ing by the agency in Shil­long. Both Ban­er­jee and lead­ers of the BJP claimed vic­tory over the is­sue af­ter the apex court’s rul­ing.

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