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Trinamool vice-president Sachin Mukherjee shot

In a major pre-poll incident in West Bengal, unknown gunmen shot dead Trinamool Congress vice-president Sachin Mukherjee while he was returning home at Garia in South 24 Parganas district on Sunday night.

india Updated: Feb 06, 2006 02:35 IST

In a major pre-poll incident in West Bengal, unknown gunmen shot dead Trinamool Congress vice-president Sachin Mukherjee while he was returning home at Garia in South 24 Parganas district on Sunday night.

The incident, dubbed by the Trinamool Congress as "handiwork of CPI-M", sparked off tension in the entire area prompting the Trinamool chief Mamata Banerjee to rush to the spot with followers demanding immediate arrest of the assailants.

The state IGP (Law and Order) Rajkanojia said that Mukherjee was shot at a point blank range and died on the spot.

Police launched a manhunt to nab the assailants.

According to Trinamool Congress chief whip in state Assembly, Sophandeb Chattopadhyay, Mukherjee was a trade union leader and was know as a good organiser in the party.

Accusing the CPI-M of having a hand in the crime, Chattopadhyay said that Mukherjee joined the Trinamool Congress from Congress during the formation of the new party.

Quoting Mamata Banerjee who was leading a procession in the area, Chattopadhyay said a conspiracy had been hatched to annihilate the opposition leaders before the election.

"If a leader of a political party is killed in this manner what is the security of a common man in the state?" Chattopadhyay said quoting Banerjee.

First Published: Feb 06, 2006 02:35 IST