TMC mur­der FIR: BJP leader named

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The BJP, TMC turf war in West Ben­gal is veer­ing out of con­trol. BJP leader Mukul Roy is among the four people who have been named in con­nec­tion with the killing of Tri­namool Con­gress MLA Satya­jit Biswas in West Ben­gal's Na­dia dis­trict.

The re­sult of the pre­lim­i­nary post-mortem re­port has re­vealed that Biswas was shot in the head. Mukul Roy, a for­mer TMC gen­eral sec­re­tary who joined the BJP last year fol­low­ing dif­fer­ences with party supremo Ma­mata Ban­er­jee, de­nied any hand in the killing, claim­ing that Biswas was a "vic­tim" of the TMC's in­ter­nal feud.

"Nam­ing me in the FIR is ab­so­lutely po­lit­i­cally mo­ti­vated. I am sorry about Satya­jit's death, but the man­ner in which they (the TMC lead­ers) are try­ing to hold the BJP re­spon­si­ble is noth­ing but a dirty con­spir­acy," Roy told PTI.

A coun­try-made re­volver was re­cov­ered from near the place of the in­ci­dent. Biswas (41) was shot from a point blank range by uniden­ti­fied as­sailants in­side a Saraswati puja mar­quee at Phool­bari area, which is about 15 km from the Bangladesh bor­der.

He was im­me­di­ately taken to a lo­cal hospi­tal where doc­tors an­nounced him "brought dead".

Amid al­le­ga­tions that there was no se­cu­rity cover de­spite the pres­ence of the MLA and a min­is­ter at the venue of the Saraswati Puja where the in­ci­dent oc­curred, the of­fi­cer in-charge of the lo­cal Han­skhali po­lice sta­tion and the per­sonal se­cu­rity of­fi­cer of Biswas have been sus­pended. The PSO was on leave on Satur­day; now, a de­part­men­tal in­quiry has been or­dered in view of his con­tra­dic­tory state­ment on the rea­son be­hind his leave.

The vic­tim was fired from be­hind and it was a well-or­ches­trated plot, an of­fi­cial said.

Na­dia is a dis­trict bor­der­ing Bangladesh and the BJP has made sig­nif­i­cant po­lit­i­cal in­roads in re­cent times. At­tempts were be­ing made to cre­ate a di­vide among the Hin­dus and the Matua com­mu­nity, of which Biswas was a leader, said sources.

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