New Delhi: A day after former Trinamool MP, actor Tapas Pal died of cardiac arrest in Mumbai, West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee blamed the Centre for his death. “Central government’s pressure has claimed so many lives. Three people died due to this pressure by the agencies. Sultan Ahmed (former TMC MP), TMC MP Prasun Banerjee’s wife and now Tapas Pal passed away,” the CM said. Also Read - Tapas Pal, Bengali Actor And Former TMC MP, Dies of Cardiac Arrest in Mumbai
“People are being jailed but Central agencies have not been able to prove their involvement or conclude what crime they committed. If someone commits a crime, they must face action. But we still don’t know what crime did Tapas Pal and others committed,” the CM said training her guns on the Centre. Also Read - Orissa HC grants conditional bail to TMC MP Tapas Paul
After a celebrated Tollywood career of decades, Tapas Pal took a political plunge as he joined the Trinamool. In 2009 and 2014, he won from the Krishnanagar Lok Sabha constituency. Also Read - Rose Valley scam: Tapas Pal's CBI remand extended by three more days
In 2016, Tapas Pal was arrested in the Rose Valley chit fund scam. After his arrest, his health situation deteriorated. In 2018, he got bail on a personal bond of Rs 1 crore and two sureties of Rs 2 lakh.
This is not the first time that the Trinamool is blaming the BJP for the death of its former leader. When Sultan Ahmed died in 2017, the party raised its fingers to the Centre for unabated harassment. Sultan Ahmed was an accused of the Narada Sting case in which Narada news exposed alleged corruption by TMC leaders, including Sultan Ahmed, ahead of the 2016 Assembly election.