TMC sup­porter dies 2 days af­ter be­ing shot

Hindustan Times (Ranchi) - - Nation - ■ Koushik Dutta let­ters@hin­dus­tan­ ■

MID­NA­PORE: A 42-year-old Tri­namool Congress (TMC) sup­porter died in a Kolkata hos­pi­tal on Thurs­day night, two days af­ter he was shot at, po­lice of­fi­cials fa­mil­iar with the mat­ter said.

On Novem­ber 6, two men barged into de­ceased Pintu Sinha’s house in Pu­ru­lia district’s Parui vil­lage, about 275 km from Kolkata, and fired at him, po­lice said. He was ad­mit­ted to Seth Sukhlal Kar­nani Memo­rial (SSKM) Hos­pi­tal.

“We have ar­rested Babu Bauri and In­dra­jit Roy in con­nec­tion with the in­ci­dent. We are con­tin­u­ing with our probe to find out the mo­tive be­hind the crime,” said Akash Magharia, Pu­ru­lia district po­lice su­per­in­ten­dent. BJP lead­ers, who did not wish to be named, said the two men were sup­port­ers of their party.

A district court re­manded the duo to po­lice cus­tody for a week on Fri­day.

Sinha is the fifth po­lit­i­cal worker to be killed in West Ben­gal in the last three weeks, with the TMC, the Congress and the BJP blam­ing each other for the spate of po­lit­i­cal vi­o­lence in the state.

The TMC has ac­cused the BJP of hir­ing crim­i­nals to at­tack its sup­port­ers in a bid to de­rail the de­vel­op­ment process.

“(The BJP) wants to stop the de­vel­op­ment drive in the state and there­fore it has hired goons from neigh­bour­ing Jhark­hand (to at­tack TMC work­ers),” said TMC par­lia­men­tar­ian and Ma­mata Ban­er­jee’s nephew Ab­hishek Ban­er­jee.

The BJP, how­ever, dis­tanced it­self from Sinha’s killing, say­ing that it does not en­gage in pol­i­tics of vi­o­lence.

“BJP does not en­gage in the pol­i­tics of mur­der and blood­shed. It could be an out­come of the fac­tional feud that char­ac­terises TMC,” said BJP Ben­gal gen­eral sec­re­tary Sayan­tan Basu.

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