BJP worker shot dead inside home in Bengal’s Nadia district
BJP leaders have called a 12-hour bandh in Santipur on Friday. On Thursday afternoon BJP supporters blocked NH34 to protest against the incident.kolkata Updated: May 24, 2018 16:25 IST
A BJP worker was shot dead in his home in Santipur in Bengal’s Nadia district allegedly by ruling party-backed toughs. BJP district leaders linked the crime to the recently-concluded panchayat election in the state.
Four criminals stormed the house of Biplab Sikdar, 40 on Wednesday night and shot him. The incident took place around 1:30 am.
BJP leaders have called a 12-hour bandh in Santipur on Friday. On Thursday afternoon BJP supporters blocked NH34 to protest against the incident.
Sikdar was rushed to Santipur State General Hospital where the doctors declared him “brought dead”. Police arrested two persons for their involvement in the incident.
“Trinamool Congress backed goons killed our leader since he took a leading role in securing the victory of BJP candidate in Haripur gram panchayat in the rural polls. After the results Trinamool Congress started creating pressure on our men, and they killed Biplab Sikdar. To register protest we have called a 12 hour bandh in Santipur on Friday,” alleged Jagannath Sarkar, BJP Nadia district president.
“After the rural polls, in which BJP won some seats in the area, quite a few of the victorious candidates contacted us expressing their willingness to join Trinamool Congress. The murder of Sikdar was due to factional fights among them. BJP is now trying to give us a bad name,” claimed Arabinda Maitra, Trinamool Congress leader from Santipur.
“We have arrested Rathin Debnath and Amal Halder in connection with the murder,” said Raja Sarkar, the officer-in-charge of Santipur police station. They were arrested after BJP supporters began a blockade of NH34.
While BJP leaders claimed Debnath and Halder were known as Trinamool Congress supporters, ruling party leaders alleged they were arrested on false charges.
The Bengal rural polls were marked by widespread violence with the opposition parties putting the number of deaths from April 2, the first day of submission of nomination papers to the announcement of results on May 17 to about 45. The Supreme Court directed the state election commission not to declare results of the 34.2% of the total number of seats in the three-tier structure in which the only candidates to file nomination were from the ruling party.
Opposition parties alleged that ruling party supporters prevented their candidates from filing nominations.