BJP leader Mukul Roy was among four people booked on Sunday, 10 February, in connection with the killing of Trinamool Congress (TMC) MLA Satyajit Biswas in West Bengal's Nadia district on Saturday, police said.
Roy, a former TMC general secretary who joined the BJP last year following differences with party supremo Mamata Banerjee, denied the allegation, saying the decision to name him in the FIR was "politically motivated".
A West Bengal Police officer told PTI that two of the four people named in the FIR have been arrested on Sunday.
The two arrested persons – Kartik Mondal and Sujit Mondal – were remanded in 14-days' police custody by the acting additional chief judicial magistrate.
Firearms Recovered From the Spot
According to news agency PTI, the incident occurred when Biswas, who is the legislator from Krishnaganj constituency, was present at a Saraswati puja at Phoolbari under Hanskhali police station area.
He was immediately taken to a local hospital where doctors declared that he’d been “brought dead.”
Police force has been deployed in the area after the incident and the matter is being investigated, reported The Indian Express.
Teams of the Criminal Investigation Department (CID) have also reached the spot. Investigators suspect that the attack was premeditated and well planned out.
According to local reports, a firearm was recovered from the spot. Locals who were present at the scene also said that there were multiple instances of power outages during the event and that the MLA’s designated security detail was on leave as well. They added that an assailant was seen fleeing from the spot.
Speaking to the Indian Express, TMC District President Gouri Sankar Dutta blamed the BJP for the murder. However BJP State President Dilip Ghosh has denied the allegations and has demanded a CBI probe into the matter.
Ghosh has also blamed factional fights in the TMC, reported News18.
An FIR has been lodged against BJP leader Mukul Roy and five others by local Trinamool workers. Two people mentioned in the FIR - Sujit Mondal and Kartik Mondal - have been arrested by the police.
The Officer-in-Charge of the local police station as well as the Biswas’ security officer have been suspended. An enquiry has been initiated against them.
TMC leaders like Partha Chatterjee, Anubrata Mondal and Abhishek Banerjee are expected to visit Hanskhali.
(With inputs from ANI, PTI , News18 and The Indian Express)
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