Mukul booked for TMC MLA killing

3 oth­ers named in FIR, 2 of them ar­rested Mur­der weapon found ■

The Asian Age - - Front Page - RAJIB CHOWDHURI

Se­nior BJP leader Mukul Roy and three oth­ers were booked in an FIR for mur­der by the po­lice on Sun­day over the killing of Kr­ish­na­ganj’s Tri­na­mul Con­gress MLA Satya­jit Biswas at Han­skhali in Na­dia. Two of the four ac­cused — Sujit Mon­dal and Kartick Mon­dal — be­ing lo­cal res­i­dents, were ar­rested by the po­lice on Satur­day night for their al­leged role in fir­ing on Biswas as he was sit­ting on a chair on the dais af­ter in­au­gu­rat­ing the Saraswati Puja in the evening.

The duo was seen flee­ing by lo­cal res­i­dents from the venue on Ma­jid­pur Phul­bari foot­ball ground af­ter shoot­ing Biswas from be­hind. The fourth ac­cused is Ab­hi­jit Pandary. He is ab­scond­ing. The quar­tet, in­clud­ing

Mr Roy, face charges un­der Sec­tions 302 ( mur­der) and 120B ( crim­i­nal con­spir­acy) IPC, along with charges un­der the Arms Act. Ab­hi­jit’s home was later ran­sacked by an an­gry mob.

Re­ject­ing the Tri­na­mul Con­gress’ al­le­ga­tions against him and the BJP for the mur­der, Mr Roy, a mem­ber of the BJP na­tional ex­ec­u­tive com­mit­tee, claimed: “The Tri­na­mul has been torn apart by fac­tional feuds. Let there be an im­par­tial

■ Con­tin­ued from Page 1 probe. I will face it. The mur­der of Biswas, a young MLA, is very sad. I con­demn it. I and the BJP do not be­lieve in the pol­i­tics of killings.”

The slain MLA’s se­cu­rity guard Prab­has Mon­dal, who is a po­lice­man and was on leave for the past cou­ple of days, and the of­fi­cer- in- charge of Han­skhali po­lice sta­tion, Anindya Basu, were sus­pended for neg­li­gence. A de­part­men­tal in­quiry has been ini­ti­ated against both of them. Mr Basu de­nied any neg­li­gence on his part, but ad­mit­ted that he had been sus­pended.

Tak­ing over the probe, the state crim­i­nal in­ves­ti­ga­tion depart­ment sus­pected that the MLA’s as­sailants had taken ad­van­tage of the fact that Mr Mon­dal was on leave. It found that power sup­ply was in­ter­rupted at the venue at least 10 times be­tween 7 pm and 8 pm, when Biswas was present. In the morn­ing, Tri­na­mul supremo and chief min­is­ter Ma­mata Ban­er­jee called up Biswas’ widow Ru­pali and of­fered con­do­lences.

Ru­pali Biswas said later: “The chief min­is­ter spoke to me. She as­sured me she was look­ing into it se­ri­ously, while an in­ves­ti­ga­tion is un­der­way. She asked me not to worry.” Ms Biswas al­leged her hus­band was killed over “po­lit­i­cal ri­valry”.

Speak­ing on the progress of in­ves­ti­ga­tion, a se­nior po­lice of­fi­cer said: “So far, we have ar­rested two per­sons and de­tained three oth­ers. A coun­try- made re­volver used to shoot the MLA has also been re­cov­ered. It seems the vic­tim was shot from be­hind and this was the re­sult of a wellplanned plot.”

Kartick’s wife, mean­while, claimed her hus­band was not as­so­ci­ated with the BJP. “Ear­lier, he was in Tri­na­mul. He is yet to join the BJP. He has not at­tended any BJP rally so far. There was a feud be­tween Satyada ( the MLA) and my hus­band in the past. The MLA asked his men to beat my hus­band on the road. My hus­band re­turned home and told me he was as­saulted for no fault of his. My hus­band was at home dur­ing the mur­der. He was work­ing,” she said.

Sujit’s mother said her son had switched to the BJP from the Tri­na­mul since his father’s death. “But I do not think he was in­volved in the mur­der. He works as a helper. He came home from the ground,” she said.

Ac­com­pa­nied by party MLA Mo­hua Maitra, Tri­na­mul sec­re­tary- gen­eral Partha Chat­ter­jee later vis­ited Shak­ti­na­gar Dis­trict Hospi­tal where the slain MLA’s post­mortem was con­ducted.

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