2 BJP supporters held, Roy booked
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.