Kolkata: The West Bengal police on Sunday arrested two accused and registered an FIR, naming Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) leader Mukul Roy and four others on the complaint of an eye-witness Milind Saha, in connection with the assassination of Trinamool Congress (TMC) MLA Satyajit Biswas. Furthermore, the Officer-In-Charge (OC) of Hanskhali Police Station has been suspended. Also Read - Bengal Elections: BJP Will Not Hold Big Public Meetings Anymore, to Hand Out Masks to 6 Crore People
The 41-year-old was shot dead by some unidentified assailants inside a Saraswati puja marquee on Saturday evening in Nadia district around 8 PM. The TMC MLA representing Krishnaganj constituency in the assembly was shot from point blank range when he was coming down from the dais. He was rushed to the hospital where doctors declared him ‘brought dead’. Also Read - Bengal Polls: Amid COVID Surge, CM Mamata Cancels Kolkata Rallies, to Hold Symbolic Meetings
Following the incident, the ruling TMC alleged that it was a planned attack by the BJP. However, the saffron party claimed that it was the result of the ruling Mamata Banerjee-led party’s infighting. Also Read - BJP Leaders From Outside Campaigning in Bengal Responsible For COVID-19 Surge: Mamata Banerjee
A firearm suspected to have been used in the crime was found in a nearby area. Meanwhile, a high-level inquiry has been ordered into the killing.
Expressing shock over the killing of ‘popular youth leader’, TMC Secretary General Partha Chatterjee claimed that the attack was a conspiracy by the BJP. He asserted that those involved in the heinous crime would be published. Furthermore, party’s in-charge of Nadia district Anubrata Mondal said, “It was a pre-planned murder by the BJP. They have hired goons to carry out the murder.” Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee directed the party leaders to stand beside the family of the victim, he said.
Meanwhile, BJP state president Dilip Ghosh denied the charges and said, “The allegations are baseless. The BJP is not at all involved in the case. Those who are blaming us are actually trying to hide their own sins.”
In December last year, three people, including a TMC member, were killed when unknown assailants fired upon the vehicle of party MLA Biswanath Das at a petrol pump in 24 South Parganas district of West Bengal.
The incident took place around 7.35 pm under Joynagar police station. Those killed were Sarfuddin Khan, a senior member of TMC’s ‘Jai Hind Bahini’, MLA Biswanath Das’s driver Moinuddin, and a pedestrian.