While West Bengal politics is still in turmoil over the death of BJP worker Arjun Chaurasia in Kolkata, the body of another activist of the party was found hanging from a tree branch in a village in the state. This incident happened in Khejuri, District East Midnapore (Medinipur).
Tension has gripped Khejuri since 22-year-old Debashish Manna was found hanging from a tree at some distance away from his house last morning. While the victim’s family is yet to speak to the media, villagers identified the body and told the press the victim was the son of Muktipada Manna, a BJP booth worker.
West Bengal BJP is not ready to believe this was suicide.
Debashish Manna was a resident of Village Balichak under the jurisdiction of the Khejuri police station. His father Muktipada Manna is often seen actively participating in activities of the party in the area.
According to police sources, Debashish Manna used to work for a private company in Kolkata. He left his job and came home. The police allege he had had some differences with his family members over an issue.
Debashish Manna’s body was recovered from the area adjacent to Khejuri’s Banshgoda market last morning. Upon hearing the news, the police rushed to the spot. The body was recovered and sent to Kanthi Sub-Divisional Hospital for autopsy.
Tapash Kumar Dalui, a BJP leader in Khejuri and working general secretary of the district unit of the party, said, “The police had been unusually prompt in disposing of the body, raising suspicion about the cause of this death.”
Dalui said the young man had been missing for some time. He said Debashish Manna’s death needed to be properly investigated, keeping in mind several incidents in which BJP workers were killed and their bodies hanged as if to convey an intimidating message of desisting from opposing the ruling Trinamool Congress.
No written complaint has been lodged by the family so far.