The murder of a Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) leader by two bike-borne assailants near Titagarh in North 24 Parganas district of West Bengal once again has the saffron party and the ruling Trinamool Congress accusing each other of the incident. From blocking roads to burning tyres to massive protests on the streets of Barrackpore in West Bengal, its BJP vs TMC once again.
BJP leader, Manish Shukla, was shot dead on Sunday by two unidentified men. The duo opened fire at Manish Sukla on BT Road, following which he was taken to a private hospital, where he was declared brought dead.
Manish, a former Titagarh Municipality councilor had won from two wards of number 7 and number 21 when he was in Trinamool Congress. Manish Shukla switched to the BJP, last year.
He was recently appointed as the BJP Barrackpore organisational district committee member.
As the top leaders of the state visited his residence, massive protests erupted, bringing the entire area to a grinding halt with the BJP calling for a 12-hour bandh in protest and pointed fingers towards the police and the administration.
The BJP has demanded a CBI probe into the matter.
Bengal in-charge and BJP leader Kailash Vijayvargiya said, “I know that Barrackpore Police Commissioner Manoj Verma and Ajay Thakur are involved in this matter. We don’t trust Kolkata or Bengal Police. I appealed that either CBI or any central control agency should look after the matter. This is not regular murder. People will give punishment to CM Mamata Banerjee.”
Party leaders claim that over 110 political party supporters have been killed or murdered since the 2014 Lok Sabha elections.
BJP MP Arjun Singh said, “We have appealed to the CBI as they can only investigate impartially. Let’s see what happens.” He claimed that 120 of BJP leaders have been killed in West Bengal.
BJP MP Arjun Singh said, “Mamata Banerjee has started the game but I assure that Manish Shukla’s blood will not go in vain. So far, almost 120 of our workers have been killed. We have reported the issue to the central government. They are investigating it. Today, the home secretary was called by the Governor. There’s a 100 per cent political link.”
Arjun Singh also claimed that police officials are also involved.
“…the police officials are completely involved in this. The murder weapon, 9mm revolver used here [in Manish Shukla’s murder] only belongs to the Bengal police officials. The weapons have come from Latbagan. The investigation will not take place properly and that is why we have appealed to the CBI,” he said.
Locals claim that they had seen two duo opening fire at Manish Shukla on BT Road on Sunday evening, following which he was taken to a private hospital, where he succumbed to his injuries.
BJP has called for a 12-hour bandh along the entire stretch from Kanchrapara to Titagarh in Barrackpore area on Monday in protest against the incident.
Arjun Singh also alleged that security cameras never work whenever such an incident happens in West Bengal.
Arjun Singh said, “It was a pre-planned murder. Manish and I were returning from Bauria and he headed towards home because he doesn’t like to go to Kolkata. If I would’ve accompanied him on the way, maybe he would have been alive or we both could have ended up dead. The funniest thing is whenever a crime takes place, the security cameras of the police stations stop working. Such a thing happened here also.”
West Bengal Governor Jagdeep Dhankhar summoned state government and police over the deteriorating law and order situation in the state.
ACS Home @MamataOfficial and DGP @WBPolice have been summoned at 10 am tomorrow in the wake of worsening law and order situation leading to dastardly killing of Manish Shukla, Councillor, Titagarh Municipality in political party office.
— Governor West Bengal Jagdeep Dhankhar (@jdhankhar1) October 4, 2020
TRINAMOOL HITS BACK AT BJP
Trinamool Congress Panihati MLA Nirmal Ghosh hit back and said, “TMC does not believe in violence. After the result of the Lok Sabha election, around 4,000 workers have been kicked off from the party in the leadership of Arjun Singh. Around 14-15 members have been murdered. They have started criminal politics and this incident is an example of their criminal politics inside the party. TMC is not at all involved in this incident.”
“The allegations of BJP is totally not fair. Our administration has tried its best to better the situation in the state. Now that BJP is not getting any opportunity so it has started manipulating people by doing such things. This a conspiracy to interfere with the peace and the unity of the state and stop the development work started by the ruling party,” Nirmal Ghosh said.
“BJP members, including the head of BJP who is sitting in Raj Bhawan, all are trying to disturb the peace in the state. I am not agreed with whatever Governor has said. Bengal is in peace under the leadership of CM Mamata. BJP involved these criminals and gave place in the party. They have tortured so many people but the governor never notices these things. So many murders have happened in Barrackpore but Governor never talks about it. It is nothing to do with CP and TMC, BJP is totally and alone responsible for this incident,” Nirmal Ghosh said.
Manoj Verma, Commissioner of Police, Barrackpore stated, “We are investigating the matter and working on the clues. I can’t share any details right now. We have not arrested anyone yet.”