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BJP leader killed in Kolkata after Trinamool’s Bengal victory

The AITC's alleged henchmen also assaulted the pet dog of the local BJP politician. The incident happened in police presence, neighbours allege

News of Trinamool Congress’s renewed reign of terror has resumed, with reports from different parts of West Bengal since the results of the state assembly election were announced. A BJP leader from Kankurgachhi was killed in an attack by alleged AITC “goons” in the very night when the results were out, complained his family. Kankurgachhi is a neighbourhood in north Kolkata near Salt Lake City (Bidhannagar). It is a part of the Beleghata assembly constituency.

The AITC’s alleged henchmen also assaulted the pet dog of the local BJP politician. The incident happened in police presence, neighbours allege.

The young man, identified as Abhijit Sarkar, is known as the leader of the BJP’s trade union in the Kankurgachhi area.

The incident of lynching followed the announcement of victory of AITC’s Paresh Pal in the Beleghata assembly constituency in West Bengal last evening.

Sarkar, a resident of Shilta Lane in Kankurgachhi, switched on a Facebook Live session even as he was under attack to bring the incident to public knowledge. He showed how AITC’s alleged goons were vandalising his house. He said his pet dog had been beaten to death by AITC workers too.

After killing his dog, Sarkar alleged, AITC goons started beating Sarkar in front of his mother. When his mother intervened, she was manhandled too. Sarkar alleged he had been assaulted in the presence of police. He did not live long thereafter.

The injured BJP leader was rushed to the RG Kar Medical College and Hospital where doctors declared him dead. According to the family, the CCTV camera installed in front of the house was smashed and evidence of the attack obliterated.

Panic has gripped in the area since the incident. A sense of insecurity has overpowered the family of the BJP, neighbours said.

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