TMC supporter dies 2 days after being shot
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.