The bodies of two BJP workers were found in different parts of West Bengal on Tuesday, with the saffron party claiming that they were killed by miscreants sheltered by the ruling Trinamool Congress (AITC). The AITC, however, denied the allegation. Police said BJP worker Indrajit Sutradhar was found hanging from the ceiling of a room with hands tied from behind in an abandoned building at Khoirasol in Birbhum district.
Police sent the body of Sutradhar for post-mortem examination. Though prima facie it appears to be a case of murder, the autopsy report will confirm the exact cause and circumstances, a police officer said. Local BJP leaders alleged that some criminals sheltered by the ruling party murdered Sutradhar.
Family members of Sutradhar said the middle-aged man had been missing since the night of 2 August and that he had some personal enmity with some locals.
The body of another BJP worker, Tapan Khatua (45), was fished out from a pond at Egra in Purbo Medinipur district earlier in the day, an officer said.
The BJP and the family of Khatua blamed the ruling party for his death. The local AITC leadership has rubbished the charges, asserting that Sutradhar was killed due to a personal feud and Khatua was suspected to have committed suicide. Further investigation is underway, the officer said.
Post-poll violence in West Bengal
Ever since Mamata Banerjee-led Trinamool Congress came back to power in West Bengal, violence has become the order of the day. BJP workers and other opposition leaders have been hunted down and killed after the results were declared on 2 May, 2021. Even the National Human Rights Commission made scathing remarks on the prevailing culture of political violence in West Bengal. Similarly, the National Commission for SC/ST blasted the West Bengal government for violence that has been unleashed against the tribal communities following the AITC victory.
Post-poll violence has become a leitmotif of news emerging out of Bengal following the declaration of results. 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 party. More than 30 BJP workers have lost their lives in the post-poll violence that ensued following the victory of the AITC party in the assembly elections.