Mithun Bagdi, BJP vice-president of Khayrashol Grameen mandal in Birbhum district, was hacked to death on Saturday allegedly by TMC goons. Mithun was rushed to a nearby hospital where he was declared brought dead.
With Mithun’s murder, the toll of BJP workers or supporters murdered since election results were announced on 2 May increases to 38, i.e. almost one murder per day. As some have pointed out, the murder and mayhem in Bengal is now worse than that in Maoist infested areas or terror-hit Kashmir. But the gravity of the situation in Bengal is completely missing from mainstream media and the national narrative.
As per BJP West Bengal President Dilip Ghosh, 166 BJP workers have been killed in the last five years in the state.
Apart from these murders, over a hundred women have been gang-raped as per BJP grassroots workers, and around 40,000 people are still homeless, a good chunk of them from SC/ST communities. Yet, apart from WB Governor Jagdeep Dhankar, no Constitutional authority has as yet condemned the brutal pogrom going on in West Bengal. Both Calcutta HC and SC have treated the violence as a low-priority issue, and failed to take the WB government to task or even issue orders for immediate relief to displaced people.
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