War of words over Bengal BJP supporter’s death

BJP workers clash with police during their protest against alleged corruption and deteriorating law and order in the State, in Siliguri, West Bengal on December 7, 2020.   | Photo Credit: PTI

A day after Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) supporter Ullen Roy was killed during a political event at Siliguri, a war of words erupted between the Trinamool Congress (TMC) and the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) over the death.

The 50-year-old BJP supporter died during the party’s march to the State Secretariat building in north Bengal on Monday.

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Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee during a public rally alleged that the BJP had killed its own supporter for publicity and propaganda. “BJP can indulge in canards like a cyclone. They can organise rallies and kill their own people,” the Chief Minister said.

Senior TMC leader Subrata Mukherjee said that the “attitude” of BJP leadership was to provoke police to open fire. Mr. Mukherjee, like the Chief Minister, defended the police and said that there was no offensive from the police.

The BJP leadership and family members of the deceased have maintained that Ullen Roy died in police action. A court in Jalpaiguri directed that a second post mortem be conducted on the body.

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The West Bengal BJP leadership raised questions on the hurried post mortem and said that the family members of the deceased were being pressurised to cremate the body at the earliest. Bengal BJP president Dilip Ghosh asked how Ullen Roy received injuries on this chest and not back if the firing had been from the rally. BJP vice president Mukul Roy said that Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee, who wanted a Central Bureau of Investigation probe into every incident before 2011 should let the Central agency investigate the matter.

‘Not our gun’

Earlier in the day, the West Bengal Police tweeted that BJP supporter at Siliguri died due to shotgun injuries and the police did not use shotguns. In a series of tweets on Tuesday morning, police said that it was “obvious that during yesterday’s protest in Siliguri, armed persons were brought and they fired from firearm”. They added that the Criminal Investigation Department (CID) of the West Bengal Police will investigate the death.

“The deceased received pallet ( pellet) injuries from a shotgun fired from close range by a person standing near the deceased in the protest program. This is unprecedented. Bringing armed persons in protest programs and inciting them to fire is unheard off,” the West Bengal Police tweeted referring to the post mortem report.

The police also added that there “was a malafide intention to create violence by the use of firearms”. “CID West Bengal has been asked to investigate. Truth will come out and strong action will be taken against all those who planned and executed the heinous crime,” the police added.

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