A 32-year-old local BJP leader was shot in Haringhata area of District Nadia in West Bengal, the police said on 7 March. During a patrol, police personnel found an injured Sanjay Das near a tea stall at Kapileswar Santoshpur and admitted him to a hospital, SP of Ranaghat Police District VSR Ananthnag said.
Sanjay Das, a booth president of the BJP under the 10th ward of Haringhata municipality, is stated to be out of danger.
The BJP alleged that goons sheltered by the Trinamool Congress (AITC) were behind the incident. The ruling party in the state denied the charge and claimed that it was the fallout of a clash among the members of a group, who are associated with the saffron party.
The SP said that when policemen on patrol stopped their vehicle near a tea stall beside National Highway 12 at around 2:30 AM on 7 March, they found some people were sitting on the ground a short distance away. On noticing the policemen, all except one person fled.
Ananthnag said that the trouser of the person, later identified as Das, was soaked in blood and he was in an inebriated condition.
The victim told the police that one person in the group fired at him and the bullet hit him in the waist, the SP said.
The BJP leader’s father lodged a complaint with the police in the evening, naming several people as accused.
The father said that his son had told him that a person in the group had fired at him following a heated argument over some political issue.
Meanwhile, the political environment in West Bengal has heated up as both BJP and AITC have started their election campaigns in the state. The assembly elections in West Bengal are scheduled to be held in eight phases. The voting for the first phase for 30 constituencies will take place on 27 March, voting for phase 2 for 30 constituencies will be held on 1 April.
The polling for phase 3 for 31 seats will take place on 6 April, for phase 4 for 44 constituencies on 10 April, for phase 5 for 45 constituencies on 17 April, for phase 6 for 43 constituencies on 22 April, for phase 7 for 36 constituencies on 26 April and for phase 8 for 35 constituencies on 29 April.