2 BJP sup­port­ers held, Roy booked

Hindustan Times ST (Jaipur) - - Hhttnation - Koushik Dutta and Halim Mon­dal let­[email protected]­dus­tan­times.com (With agency in­puts)

KOLKATA: Two Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) sup­port­ers were ar­rested on Sun­day in con­nec­tion with the mur­der of Kr­ish­na­ganj’s Tri­namool Con­gress (TMC) leg­is­la­tor Satya­jit Biswas, who was shot dead from close range soon af­ter he in­au­gu­rated a Saraswati Puja in his lo­cal­ity in Phulpur on Satur­day evening.

BJP’S na­tional ex­ec­u­tive com­mit­tee mem­ber and Lok Sabha elec­tion man­age­ment com­mit­tee in-charge for Ben­gal, Mukul Roy, has also been named in the FIR lodged at Han­skhali po­lice sta­tion, spark­ing another war of words be­tween the TMC and the BJP.

Mukul Roy said it is Tri­namool Con­gress’s na­ture to blame the BJP for any in­ci­dent in Ben­gal. “Ma­mata (West Ben­gal CM Ma­mata Ban­er­jee) is scared of us. It is on her or­ders that al­le­ga­tions are be­ing lev­elled against the BJP. I de­mand probe by an in­de­pen­dent agency,” Roy was quoted as say­ing by news agen­cies.

TMC sup­port­ers on Satur­day night also van­dalised the res­i­dence of a BJP worker, sus­pect­ing his in­volve­ment in the mur­der. SHIL­LONG: The CBI be­gan ques­tion­ing Kolkata Po­lice Com­mis­sioner Ra­jeev Ku­mar for the sec­ond suc­ces­sive day on Sun­day at the agency’s of­fice in Shil­long in con­nec­tion with Saradha chit fund case.

A news agency quoted sources as say­ing that the in­ter­ro­ga­tion is not be­ing videographed by the CBI.

For­mer TMC MP Ku­nal Ghosh will ap­pear in per­son at the in­ves­ti­gat­ing agency’s of­fice here for in­ter­ro­ga­tion in con­nec­tion

While the state govern­ment has al­ready or­dered a Crim­i­nal In­ves­ti­ga­tion Depart­ment (CID) probe into the mat­ter, the po­lice ad­min­is­tra­tion in Na­dia dis­trict sus­pended the MLA’S body­guard Prab­has Mon­dal and the of­fi­cer in-charge of Han­skhali po­lice sta­tion, Anidya Basu.

“The MLA’S se­cu­rity guard and the OC of Han­skhali po­lice with the Saradha chit fund case, of­fi­cials had said on Satur­day.

Three se­nior CBI of­fi­cers ques­tioned Ku­mar for around eight hours on Satur­day about his al­leged role in the tam­per­ing of cru­cial ev­i­dence in the case, the of­fi­cials said.

There was no brief­ing by the CBI on the ques­tion­ing as per the di­rec­tions of the Supreme Court.

Ku­mar’s coun­sel Biswa­jit Deb, who is TMC co­or­di­na­tor for Megha­laya, said Ku­mar is “co­op­er­at­ing and com­ply­ing” with the CBI. sta­tion have been sus­pended for neg­li­gence in duty. The probe is on and we are look­ing for oth­ers who might have been in­volved with this mur­der,” said Niraj Ku­mar Singh, in­spec­tor gen­eral of po­lice, south Ben­gal.

In­spec­tor gen­eral of CID, Ajay Ku­mar, vis­ited the spot on Satur­day night.

Biswas was 37 and is sur­vived by his wife and a one-year-old son.

This is the first in­ci­dent of an MLA’S mur­der since Ma­mata Ban­er­jee be­came the chief min­is­ter in 2011, even though another TMC MLA from South 24-Par­ganas dis­trict had a close shave in De­cem­ber when three per­sons were killed dur­ing an at­tack on his ve­hi­cle.

“BJP is stoop­ing too low. People will give a be­fit­ting re­ply to per­pe­tra­tors of this das­tardly act. Those who have killed him will not be spared,” said TMC sec­re­tary gen­eral and state ed­u­ca­tion min­is­ter Partha Chat­ter­jee who vis­ited the fam­ily at Kr­ish­na­ganj, about 120 km north of Kolkata.

The two ar­rested per­sons — Kar­tik Man­dal and Sujit Man­dal — used to be TMC work­ers who switched to BJP sev­eral months ago.

“BJP has been try­ing to stoke ten­sion and spread un­rest in the area for quite some time,” said Ratna Ghosh Kar, another min­is­ter who at­tended the puja in­au­gu­ra­tion along with Biswas on Satur­day and left the venue min­utes be­fore as­sailants shot him.

While the Bharatiya Janata Party has de­nied any in­volve­ment, Mukul Roy rub­bished al­le­ga­tions against him.

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