Political violence in West Bengal continues unabated as another death of a BJP worker has been allegedly murdered in the state. Samaresh Pal, a 36-year-old BJP worker from Madhav Nagar in the assembly constituency of Kakdwip was found dead on 26 July.
Accusing the Mamata Banerjee government of cleansing of opposition workers, Leader of Opposition in West Bengal Suvendu Adhikari said Pal had to pay with his life for believing in democracy.
BJP at receiving end for long in West Bengal
Using violence as an instrument to subdue their political opponents has become a distinctive feature of the AITC rule in West Bengal. Ever since the Mamata Banerjee-led retained power in the state, the persecution of dissenters and opposition workers has only intensified.
Post-poll violence has become a leitmotif of news emerging out of Bengal following the declaration of results, OpIndia said. Umpteen number of violence against political opponents have been reported from the state. In an overwhelming number of such incidents, the victims have been BJP supporters and workers while the accused were said to be the supporters of the AITC. More than a dozen BJP workers have lost their lives in the post-poll violence that ensued following the victory of the AITC in the assembly elections.
The violence unleashed on them forced hundreds of BJP workers and supporters to flee their villages along with their families. They crossed over to Assam where they have been provided temporary shelter under the supervision of minister Himanta Biswa Sarma. It is not just the BJP but even CPI(M) which has accused the AITC of killing its workers. Reports of attacks on BSF jawans have also emerged in the media.
On 2 June 2021, a month after Mamata Banerjee came back to power, the BJP said 37 of its workers were killed in the post-poll violence that convulsed the state. There were reports that said women in West Bengal were raped, assaulted and, in some cases, even killed, just because they adhered to a different political ideology.
Recently, a victim who was raped by the AITC workers in front of her father shared her harrowing ordeal with OpIndia. She narrated how she was attacked and sexually assaulted by her perpetrators associated with the AITC.
In the aftermath of the assembly election result, AITC workers wreaked havoc, attacking and plundering the houses of their opponents. In one such attack, AITC workers lynched BJP worker Avijit Sarkar to death.