BJP MLA discovered hanging in market in West Bengal; household alleges homicide

Kolkata, July 13

Senior BJP chief Debendra Nath Ray, was discovered hanging close to his dwelling in Hemtabad space of North Dinajpur district on Monday morning, police sources stated. 

Ray had contested and received the Hemtabad meeting section — a reserved seat for Scheduled Castes — on a CPI(M) ticket however had converted to the BJP final 12 months after the Lok Sabha polls. He, nevertheless, didn’t resign as CPI(M) legislator within the state meeting. 

“Ray was found hanging near a shop at Hemtabad area this (Monday) morning. We have started investigation. A forensic team has reached the spot and his body has been sent for the post-mortem,” a senior district police officer stated.

The BJP chief’s household has demanded a CBI inquiry into the incident as they suspected that he was murdered. 

“We think he was murdered. There should be a CBI inquiry into the killing,” a member of the family stated. 

The state BJP management termed Ray’s loss of life, as “cold-blooded murder” by the ruling Trinamool Congress occasion.

“This is a cold-blooded murder by the goons of the TMC. The TMC was wary of Ray’s popularity in the area. We want an independent inquiry to bring out the truth. You can very well understand the state’s law and order situation when even an MLA is not safe,” BJP state president Dilip Ghosh stated.

BJP nationwide normal secretary Kailash Vijayvargiya stated the killing of BJP leaders allegedly by TMC goons had change into the order of the day in Bengal.

“It is a condemnable and cowardly act. During the rule of Mamata Banerjee, the killings of BJP leaders have become the order of the day. Hemtabad MLA Debendra Nath Ray was assassinated. His body was found hanging. Was joining BJP his only crime?” Vijayvargiya tweeted.

Refuting the allegations, senior TMC chief and district president Kanailal Agarwal, stated it was for the police to research the reason for Ray’s loss of life.

“It is for the police to decide the cause of his (Ray) death. Whether he committed suicide or there is something else… is for the law to decide. I won’t comment on it,” Agarwal stated.

Ray’s loss of life has introduced again reminiscences of two BJP activists who have been discovered hanging close to their houses in Purulia district after the 2018 Panchayat polls within the state. PTI

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