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Incessant political violence in Bengal claims life of yet another BJP worker, will the Centre wake up?

Political murders of BJP workers in the state of West Bengal under CM Mamata Banerjee’s regime continue unabashedly with the third murder of a BJP worker being reported in a span of just one week.

The victim has been identified as Ganesh Roy (Ray as per some accounts) whose body was found hanging from a tree in Hooghly District’s Goghat on Sunday (September 13). Family members have stated that Roy went missing on Saturday evening and unfortunately his body was found hanging from a tree close to Goghat station on Sunday.

According to the statement issued by his son, Ganesh was a dedicated worker of the BJP and TMC workers hung his body from a tree after murdering him. The family members have decided to lodge a formal complaint even though the police have begun primary investigations.

In the meanwhile, BJP workers were extremely agitated at continuously being targeted by the TMC. Angry BJP workers resorted to blocking the Aaram Bagh-Medinipur road protesting against the political killing of Ganesh Roy.

It is not just BJP office bearers and workers who are at the receiving end of TMC’s intolerance but even their family members are not safe in the state. It has been alleged that the daughter of a BJP worker was kidnapped and hung from a tree in Hooghly on the 14th of September just a day after the body of Roy was discovered.

Daughter of BJP worker Pic Source: FB

The similarity between the two deaths as also several others before this is too stark to be dismissed as a mere coincidence. Hindupost has been continuously reporting on the political violence against BJP workers in Bengal under the Mamata Banerjee regime.

Readers may recall how BJP worker Rabin Paul was beaten to death by TMC hooligans in Pathar Ghata Village in Kalna in the first week of September. Similarly, a woman worker of the party was shot at Bishnupur located in South 24 Parganas.

Earlier on Independence Day, BJP booth worker Sudarshan Pramanik was killed during the flag hoisting ceremony in the Arambagh subdivision of Hooghly, West Bengal after a clash broke out between the workers of the TMC and the BJP.

Pramanik’s death adds to the numerous murders of BJP leaders/workers in the state in recent times – Debendra Nath Roy (MLA), Purna Chandra Das (booth president), Bapi Ghosh (worker), Shakuntala Haldar (panchayat candidate), and her husband are some of the others who have been found hanging or dead in suspicious circumstances, with families alleging foul play by TMC.

There have been frequent clashes between the ruling TMC and the BJP which is emerging as a strong contender to the ruling party. Not only did the party mark its presence in Mamata Banerjee’s stronghold in the 2019 Lok Sabha polls but has also been gaining in local bodies and Panchayat elections to become a strong challenger to the ruling TMC.

The emergence of BJP as a possible alternative to TMC has not gone down well with either the TMC chief or her workers. TMC goons resorting to intimidating BJP and other opposition workers and supporters using violence as a tool before every election. Political violence in West Bengal has become deeply normalised due to decades of brutal Communist rule, and Mamata-led TMC has copied the Communist template to hang on to power. The farce of the 2018 Panchayat elections where TMC won 30% of seats uncontested and dozens of opposition candidates & supporters were murdered was a black mark on our democracy.

It is now up to the Centre to step in and protect its workers and supporters who are at the receiving end of the incessant violence unleashed by the ruling party. West Bengal, like Kerala, is turning out to be a death trap for BJP workers. How long will this be allowed to continue before the Central Government reins in Mamata and her hooligans?

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