Mamata’s former confidant calls FIR politically motivated
The Bengal Police has named Mukul Roy — BJP leader and former confidant of TMC chief Mamata Banerjee — in the murder of Satyajit Biswas, a Trinamool Congress MLA from Krishnaganj in Nadia district.
Roy’s name figured among four accused two of whom were arrested on Sunday and remanded in police custody.
Demanding an impartial probe into the matter, Roy, the erstwhile TMC MP who joined the BJP following differences with Mamata, termed the FIR as “politically motivated, and said, “In the entire State of Bengal whenever anybody is killed by their (TMC’s) own people or by other miscreants, the TMC Government tries to implicate that it is by leaders and workers of the BJP. I demand probe by independent agency into the matter.”
Biswas, a popular leader from Krishnaganj-Ranaghat-Hanshkhali region of Nadia, was on Saturday gunned down alleged by BJP supporters while he was inaugurating a Saraswati Puja Pandal at Majdia village near his home, barely 15-20 km away from Bangladesh border.
“Those who have been arrested were seen firing at my husband,” the grieving wife of the deceased youth leader said claiming the assailants had earlier been the followers of the victim but late last year had switched over to the BJP.
Attacking the Chief Minister, a livid Roy said, “Mamata is afraid of us.
It is on orders of her that allegations are being levelled against the BJP for his murder.”
Meanwhile, police arrested Kartik and Sujit Mondal, both alleged BJP workers. The duo was on Sunday remanded to police 14-day custody. The prime suspect is still at large, said police, adding they expected to nab the person soon.
The officer in-charge of local Hanskhali police station and the personal security officer of Biswas were suspended amid allegations that there was no security cover despite the presence of the MLA and a Minister at the venue of a Saraswati Puja where the incident occurred.
A departmental enquiry has also been initiated against the OC and the PSO, who was reportedly on leave on Saturday, police said.
Asked about the chances of the assailants fleeing the area, an officer said the State police have been put on a high alert.”Nadia shares border with Bangladesh and there could be a possibility of them (assailants) trying to escape to the neighbouring country. Police have been put on high alert to check the movements along the border,” he said.
A large crowd gathered to pay last respects to the deceased MLA at his residence, a few metres from the Saraswati Puja marquee where he was shot.
Urban Development Minister Firhad Hakim alleged that “the BJP is importing the politics of violence and murder in West Bengal from Gujarat. “They think that they will win the seat if they eliminate him,” he said accusing the BJP.
Hakim also squarely blamed the BJP for the killing of Biswas, who belonged to the Matua community - deemed vital as a support base in Bengal.
“The Prime Minister came to woo the Matua community in Thakurnagar last week. Now the local BJP leaders are resorting to criminal activities to gain political turf,” he said.
Denying allegations of BJP’s involvement, the party’s state president Dilip Ghosh demanded a CBI investigation into the killing. An independent probe will reveal the truth, he said.
Ghosh also echoed Roy’s sentiments and said Biswas was a victim of internal feud within the ruling party.
“If an MLA gets killed like this, how can the common feel safe?” he maintained.
CPI (M) state secretary Surjyakanta Mishra said this incident shows that nobody is safe under TMC rule.