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Yet another Bengal BJP worker found hanging, family members accuse TMC

One more shocking instance of a BJP worker’s death has been reported from West Bengal’s East Midnapore where a BJP booth president, Purna Chandra Das, was found hanging from a tree near his residence in Ramnagar village.

Family members blame the TMC (Trinamool Congress) who they allege were pressurizing him to join their party. While the post-mortem report is awaited, it is pertinent to mention here that it is just weeks after a similar incident of a BJP MLA Debendra Nath Roy found dead by hanging in Uttar Dinajpur.

As per the available information, the 44-year old deceased who had joined the BJP (Bharatiya Janta Party) two years ago was the booth president and on Wednesday he had left his house to meet the local TMC booth president. Later he was found hanging from a mango tree with his feet touching the ground. The family suspects the involvement of TMC who they say murdered him for turning down the offer to join TMC.

As is their customary response in such suspected political murders, the police has started the preliminary probe after having sent the body for post-mortem, the reports of which are still awaited. They are looking at ‘all angles’ including a ‘long-standing dispute’ that Das was involved in with regard to a road that passed by his home.

According to Das’ family members, he was under constant threat from TMC members who had registered several false cases against him that they promised to withdraw in return for Das rejoining TMC.

Readers may recall that just a few weeks earlier Hemtabad BJP MLA Debendra Nath Roy was also found hanging under mysterious circumstances in Uttar Dinajpur district. While the BJP had alleged that Roy was murdered by TMC, the police had dismissed the claim citing post-mortem reports to claim that Roy had committed suicide.

A few days back, another BJP activist Bapi Ghosh was murdered in Nadia district. He had recently crossed over from TMC, and his family too alleged the ruling party’s hand in the murder. TMC and WB Police claimed the murder was done due to ‘personal enmity’ and two men – Khairul and Babar – have been arrested. Then, a BJP booth president’s minor daughter was allegedly gang-raped by a Muslim boy and his accomplices – the girl later died, and the boy also turned up dead the next day.

In April, BJP Panchayat candidate Shakuntala Haldar (32) and her husband were found dead – the husband was hanging from a mango tree in the backyard of their house.

According to BJP, TMC has been murdering its leaders and workers so as to get rid of the opposition before the assembly polls scheduled to take place in 2021. Brutal political violence has become the norm in West Bengal. The hanging of 20-year-old Dalit youth Trilochan Mahato with a chilling note “this is what you get for campaigning for BJP” was the abiding memory of the farcical 2018 Panchayat elections in the state. Murders of 27 opposition workers and candidates, rape, rigging, violence and intimidation of voters meant that Trinamool won 34% of nearly 58,000 seats ‘uncontested’ as there was no rival candidate.

(Featured Image Source: PTI)

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