WB police says private enmity might be behind BJP chief’s homicide

Shubhadeep Choudhury 
Tribune News Service                                                                    
Kolkata, October 5

West Bengal Police hinted on Monday that personal enmity could be the reason behind the sensational murder last evening of a BJP leader in Titagarh near Kolkata. 

“A person was shot dead last evening in Titagarh area of Barrackpore. Police is investigating the crime and looking into all possible reasons including personal enmity because the victim was accused in some cases of murder and attempt of murder. Please do not jump on conclusion without proper investigation. Irresponsible comments on social media tantamount to interference in the investigation. Please refrain from this”, said a tweet posted by @WBPolice.  

The police’s suggestion that the murder could have had a personal angle and its sly attempt to play up the murdered BJP functionary’s gory past has attracted strong condemnation from his party colleagues here.

BJP MP from Barrackpore Arjun Singh, who was close to the murdered party functionary Manish Shukla, said that police were acting as if  it did not know that Shukla was a municipal councillor  and a vocal critic of Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee.

“The Police and their political headmasters must answer who was responsible for Shukla’s murder”, Arjun told journalists today.

“Instead of taking action against the murderers of BJP leader Manish Shukla in Titagarh, 24 North Parganas, WB police, on instructions, does what it does best – vilify the victim and issue veiled threats to civilians outraged by the cold-blooded murder”, tweeted Amit Malvya, head of the BJP’s IT Cell.

Shukla was shot dead on Sunday evening, about 20 km from north Kolkata, when he was speaking with some locals and party workers near a police station. The BJP called for a 12-hour bandh (shutdown) in the Barrackpore area today, blaming the ruling Trinamool Congress for the killing.

TMC denied the charge and blamed the incident on an internal feud within the BJP.

Senior state BJP leaders including Kailash Vijayvargiya visited the slain party functionary’s home and demanded a CBI probe into the murder.

Journalist-turned-BJP ideologue Swapan Dasgupta said 110 BJP functionaries had been killed in West Bengal in political violence over a short period of time.

Alarmed by the murder, West Bengal Bengal Governor Jagdeep Dhankhar summoned the state home secretary and DGP to the Raj Bhavan this morning. Both officers ignored the Governor’s missive and did not report to the Raj Bhavan for the meeting. Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee also refused to discuss the issue with Dhankhar.

“Alarming nosediving law and order scenario @MamataOfficial. Targeted political killings in spite of alert by Constitutional Head. Neither ACS Home nor DGP @WBPolice responded.  To CM  at 10.47 PM “Would like to speak to you urgently !”  Only silence  that speaks volumes”, a frustrated Dhankhar tweeted this morning.

However, later in the day the newly appointed chief secretary Alapan Banerjee met the Governor at Raj Bhavan and the latter conveyed his concern to him.                            


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