Two held for mur­der of Tri­namool MLA

BJP leader Mukul Roy named in FIR; BJP blames the killing on in­ter­nal con­flicts in Ben­gal’s rul­ing party

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Two per­sons have been ar­rested for the gun­ning down of Tri­namool Congress MLA Satya­jit Biswas late on Satur­day.

The dis­trict po­lice reg­is­tered an FIR nam­ing four per­sons, in­clud­ing top BJP leader Mukul Roy, while the BJP has blamed in­fight­ing in the Tri­namool for the MLA’s mur­der. The of­fi­cer in charge of the lo­cal Han­skhali po­lice sta­tion and one of Mr. Biswas’ body­guards have been sus­pended.

Re­volver re­cov­ered

Mr. Biswas was shot from be­hind by gun­men near his house in the Phool­bari area of Na­dia dis­trict in south Ben­gal when he was at­tend­ing a Saraswati puja.

Ac­cord­ing to one eye­wit­ness, three mis­cre­ants “shot at” Mr. Biswas and a coun­try­made re­volver was re­cov­ered from the area. At the time of the in­ci­dent, the MLA was in the mid­dle of sev­eral lo­cal Tri­namool ac­tivists, the eye­wit­ness said.

Su­jit Man­dal and Kar­tik Man­dal were taken into cus­tody, while three per­sons have been de­tained for in­ter­ro­ga­tion, dis­trict po­lice of­fi­cials said.

How­ever, fam­ily mem­bers of the ar­rested men have de­nied their in­volve­ment in the mur­der. The wife of Kar­tik Man­dal said he was not as­so­ci­ated with the BJP; Su­jit Man­dal joined the BJP only re­cently, his mother said.

Seeks CBI probe

Mukul Roy, for­mer gen­eral sec­re­tary of the Tri­namool and party’s ex-MP from Na­dia, de­nied any links with the killing.

“The in­ci­dent is un­for­tu­nate. My named is dragged into it to give it po­lit­i­cal colour. Ma­mata Ban­er­jee is ter­ri­fied af­ter wit­ness­ing peo­ple’s par­tic­i­pa­tion in the Prime Min­is­ter’s re­cent ral­lies and thus try­ing to en­tan­gle us in such cases. Biswas was a vic­tim of Tri­namool’s in­ter­nal feud,” he said.

BJP State pres­i­dent Dilip Ghosh said, “When­ever any vi­o­lence will take place, the Tri­namool will blame the BJP com­pletely sup­press­ing the fact that they have huge in­ternecine fac­tional feud. They are en­gaged in var­i­ous kinds of il­le­gal trade like sand min­ing or soil min­ing and these killings are con­nected to the dis­tri­bu­tion of money.” He has de­manded a CBI probe into the killing.

How­ever, sev­eral Tri­namool lead­ers who at­tended Mr. Biswas’s last rites blamed the BJP. “Where is sand or soil min­ing in Na­dia? Satya­jit was killed as the BJP re­alised that it is im­pos­si­ble for them to con­trol the area if he is around, ” said Min­is­ter and Mayor of Kolkata Firhad Hakim. Tri­namool sec­re­tary­gen­eral Partha Chat­ter­jee echoed the al­le­ga­tions.

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In shock: Fam­ily mem­bers of Satya­jit Biswas mourn­ing dur­ing his fu­neral in Na­dia dis­trict West Ben­gal on Sun­day.

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