‘RSS family’ mur­dered, TMC & guv lock horns

BJP man chants ‘Jai Shri Ram’, shot at

The Times of India (New Delhi edition) - - Times Nation - Suku­mar Ma­hato

Ji­a­gunj (Mur­shid­abad): The grue­some triple mur­der of an RSS sym­pa­thiser, his preg­nant wife and their eightyear-old son two days ago took a po­lit­i­cal turn on Thurs­day af­ter Ben­gal gov­er­nor Jagdeep Dhankhar said the killings were “re­flec­tive of in­tol­er­ance and wor­ri­some law and or­der sit­u­a­tion in the state”.

This prompted se­nior Tri­namool min­is­ter Partha Chat­ter­jee to re­tort that Dhankar was “se­lec­tively re­act­ing” to in­ci­dents. Dhankhar has re­peat­edly en­gaged in bit­ter ver­bal du­els with the Ma­mata Ban­er­jee gov­ern­ment over the state’s law and or­der is­sues.

School­teacher Bandhu Prakash Pal, 35, his preg­nant wife Beauty Mon­dal Pal, 32, and son An­gan, were found mur­dered at their home in Ji­a­gunj on Tues­day. Their milk­man, who found the bod­ies, claimed the as­sailant was still lurk­ing there when he found them, and fled in the com­mo­tion.

At first glance, it’s un­clear if the mur­ders have any po­lit­i­cal an­gle at all. The state RSS said Bandhu was merely a par­tic­i­pant at their weekly ‘mi­lan’ pro­gramme for the past two months. Even Mur­shid­abad SP Mukesh Ku­mar ruled out any po­lit­i­cal mo­tive, claim­ing that the vic­tims’ kin told po­lice that the family had no po­lit­i­cal af­fil­i­a­tion.

His sis­ter Bandhu Priya said: “He had cut off links with the family. Of late, we came to know that one of his friends had taken Rs 6 lakh from him and van­ished.”

The gov­er­nor, ac­cord­ing to a Raj Bha­van re­lease, has ex­pressed dis­plea­sure at the way the state and po­lice have BJP

on Thurs­day al­leged that one of its work­ers in South 24 Par­ganas district was in­jured af­ter Tri­namool Congress ac­tivists shot at him for chant­ing “Jai Shri Ram”, a charge de­nied by the rul­ing party. The po­lice said one Ram­prasad Man­dal, was shot in the leg and has been hos­pi­talised. A probe has been ini­ti­ated into the case, po­lice said.

re­sponded to the in­ci­dent, and has taken the mat­ter up with state DGP Viren­dra and chief sec­re­tary Ra­jeeva Sinha.

TMC re­acted sharply, with Chat­ter­jee ac­cus­ing Dhankhar of try­ing to di­vert at­ten­tion from BJP’s in­ter­nal feuds. “An un­for­tu­nate in­ci­dent hav­ing its roots in family dis­cord is be­ing touted as a po­lit­i­cal mur­der,” he said.

The Na­tional Com­mis­sion for Women has also writ­ten to the state “to in­ves­ti­gate the mat­ter on pri­or­ity and en­sure the ar­rest of cul­prits im­me­di­ately”.

Gov­er­nor Dhankar said the killings ex­posed the state’s ‘wor­ri­some’ law and or­der sit­u­a­tion. TMC ac­cused him of ‘se­lec­tively re­act­ing’ to in­ci­dents

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