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Trinamool worker killed in clash in West Bengal

Hindustan Times, Kolkata/Midnapore | ByHT Correspondents
Jul 24, 2019 10:02 AM IST

Six people said to be BJP supporters have been arrested in connection with the murder. BJP has denied any involvement.

A Trinamool Congress (TMC) worker died after being brutally beaten up on Monday night in West Bengal’s Hooghly district by alleged supporters of a rival party, the police said.

The number of political killings in Bengal since the declaration of Lok Sabha election results on May 23 has gone up to 20. Lalchand Bag (37) was assaulted and left to die by the roadside in Goghat, Hooghly on July 2019.(AP)
The number of political killings in Bengal since the declaration of Lok Sabha election results on May 23 has gone up to 20. Lalchand Bag (37) was assaulted and left to die by the roadside in Goghat, Hooghly on July 2019.(AP)

Lalchand Bag (37) was assaulted and left to die by the roadside in Goghat, about 95 km away from Kolkata, the police said. He died in an Arambag hospital.

The number of political killings in Bengal since the declaration of Lok Sabha election results on May 23 has gone up to 20. Since June 2018, at least 43 people have lost their lives in political clashes.

Six persons said to be supporters of the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) have been arrested in connection with Bag’s murder. But the BJP has denied that the six belong to saffron party ranks.

“We have arrested six persons. As many as 21 people were named in the FIR registered on a complaint by the victim’s family. The accused are known to be supporters of the BJP,” said Samar De, officer-in-charge of Goghat police station. Those arrested have been booked for murder.

Local legislator Manas Majumdar of the Trinamool said since the Lok Sabha election results were declared, several Left workers had switched to the BJP and begun threatening TMC supporters in the area. “Bag was beaten brutally and left by the side of the road. He died in an Arambag hospital,” said Majumdar.

Bag’s wife Rina, too, alleged that the assailants were now with the BJP but had earlier been with the Left parties. “My husband was threatened for attending the Martyr’s Day rally in Kolkata on July 21. He was brutally beaten up on Monday night,” she claimed.

Biman Ghosh, the president of the BJP’s Arambag unit, trashed the allegation. “Bag was attacked by a rival faction of the TMC. Now they are blaming us,” he claimed.

In a separate incident in Khejuri area of East Midnapore district, a three-year-old girl sustained pellet injuries in her back during a clash between TMC and BJP supporters on Monday night. The child, who was taken to Khejuri block hospital, is out of danger, doctors treating her said.

Ranjit Mandal, the youth BJP president of Khejuri, claimed that TMC supporters had attacked his party’s supporters in the village. But Kanishka Maity, general secretary of TMC’s East Midnapore district TMC, blamed the BJP. “Since Communist Party of India (Marxist) men joined the BJP, they have been creating an atmosphere of fear in the area,” he said.

The April-May Lok Sabha polls have been a watershed in Bengal politics. While the BJP tally jumped from two seats in 2014 to 18 this election, the TMC seat count fell from 34 to 22. The BJP vote share rose from 17.02% in 2014 to 40.25% this year. It is believed that a section of the Left votes, which fell from 29.95% in 2014 to 7.46% this time, went to the BJP.

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