A senior Congress leader was murdered allegedly by some CPI(M)-backed goons at Jhaudiya village in the Jalangi police station area of Murshidabad late Saturday night.
According to local sources, Jillar Rahman (52), a senior district Congress leader and a resident of Jhaudiya village, had been motoring home on his bike from the Jalangi block Congress office. Barely paces away from his home, a pack of CPI(M)backed goons allegedly pounced on him with sharp weapons and kept stabbing away at him.
A police team moved in on the scene and rushed a critically injured Jillar to the nearby Shadikhandear hospitals. However, the doctors pronounced him dead on arrival. The sleuths have reportedly detained five suspects in connection with the killing.
The district Congress leaders observed a 12-hour shutdown in the Jalangi block on Sunday to protest the killing.
“Jillar had been with me at the block Congress office till 7.30pm yesterday. However, he soon left for home in Jhaudiya on his bike. However, while he was nearing home, some locals stopped him on the way, saying they wanted a word. Even as they stood talking, some CPI(M)-backed goons led by Manik Sheikh and Helan Sheikh, pounced on Jillar and stabbed away at him,” Abdur Rezzak, Jalangi block Congress president, told HT.
Quizzed on the killing, a source in the police said, “A local at Jhaudiya village fell to some goons at Domkal back in August 2009. Jillar had been instrumental in securing the bail of those accused in the killing just lately. However, the kin of the victim had not been too happy with their release.”
“He (Jillar) had been associated with a host of welfare-oriented activities in the area. The CPI(M) leaders knew that having him alive could hurt their chances in the panchayat polls and hence got him killed,” Rezzak said.
However, district CPI(M) secretary Mriganka Bhattacharya, rubbished the charge, saying, “They (Congress) are lying. Our leaders or cadres have no hand in the killing.”
“The deceased had been an accused in two murder cases. Our preliminary probe suggests the killing was likely a fallout of personal enmity,” Murshidabad SP Humayun Kabir told HT.