Trinamool takes a swipe at Amit Shah over BJP workers who died in Purulia, questions why he won’t visit their homes

The BJP has blamed the Trinamool Congress for the deaths of two of its workers – one was found hanging from a tree while another’s body was retrieved from an electric pole – while the state party has claimed the BJP is attempting to pass them off as political murders.

kolkata Updated: Jun 18, 2018 20:34 IST
HT Correspondent
HT Correspondent
Hindustan Times, Kolkata
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BJP national president Amit Shah will be visiting Puralia next week and is expected to hold a public meeting. (Mohd Zakir/HT Photo)

The ruling Trinamool Congress took a dig at Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) president Amit Shah on Monday, wondering whether the BJP leader during his visit to Purulia later this month would call on the families of the two party workers whose death he had raised at the national level earlier.

“I have read in newspapers that the national president of BJP will be visiting Purulia to hold public meetings, but he won’t go to the houses of those two. If he does, the truth will come out,” said Trinamool secretary general and education minister Partha Chatterjee at a press conference on Monday.

Shah is slated to visit Bengal on June 27 and will travel to Purulia the next day. He plans to hold a public meeting in Purulia town that is about 30 km from Balarampur, where the two deaths took place.

Trilochan Mahato, 20, was found hanging from a tree in Supurdi village on May 31, while the body of Dulal Kumar, 32, was retrieved from a high tension electric pole on June 2 in Dabha village, both in Balarampur block.

During the day, Mahato’s father, Hariram, moved the Calcutta high court seeking CBI investigation into the death of his son. He had earlier appealed in the Supreme Court, which had asked him to approach the Calcutta high court.

The discovery of the two bodies triggered allegations from the BJP that Trinamool-backed toughs were behind the killings.

Shah had taken to Twitter to allege Trinamool Congress’ hand behind the unnatural deaths. He slammed the state government and wrote, “This continued brutality and violence in the land of West Bengal is shameful and inhuman. Mamata Banerjee’s govt has completely failed to maintain law and order in the state.”

“If their all-India president is going to Purulia, why is he not visiting their homes? What’s the fear?” Chatterjee added on Monday.

Trinamool Congress leaders claimed the BJP is trying to pass off the deaths unrelated to politics as political murder.

The state police, however, ruled out that Kumar was murdered. Purulia district police registered a case of murder after recovering Mahato’s body but said the death was unlikely to have anything to do with politics. The investigation in Kumar’s death was handed over to the CID. The autopsy report indicated Kumar had killed himself.

““It is not yet decided whether the family members of the deceased will be invited to be present on the dais. We’ll act according to Shah’s advice. He has not given any instruction yet,” said BJP’s Purulia district president Bidyasagar Chakraborty.

First Published: Jun 18, 2018 20:34 IST