Trinamool leader shot dead; triggers fresh war of words

CM likely to meet family members of the deceased in Nimta

June 05, 2019 10:43 pm | Updated 10:43 pm IST - Kolkata

A Trinamool Congress leader was shot dead at Nimta in West Bengal’s North 24 Paraganas district on Tuesday evening.

A video footage captured by closed-circuit television cameras installed near the leader’s house shows a man slumping on the road even as a motorcycle speeds away.

Nirmal Kundu was declared brought dead at a hospital. Two persons have been arrested in connection with the murder.

A police officer in Barrackpore municipality said one of the persons, Suman Kundu, arrested in connection with the murder was a BJP supporter.

Chief Minister and Trinamool Congress chairperson Mamata Banerjee is likely to visit Nimta on Thursday and meet the family members of the deceased.

The killing triggered a fresh war of words between the TMC and the BJP.

Earlier in the day participating in Id-ul-Fitr celebrations, Ms. Banerjee said “whoever messes with us will be decimated. This is our slogan”.

West Bengal BJP president Dilip Ghosh refuted the allegations of a BJP supporter being involved in the murder. “Whenever there is any political murder, the TMC blames the BJP. The TMC has tried to link even my name in the murder of a person in Kharagpur,” Mr. Ghosh said.

‘Infighting to blame’

The BJP leader blamed the infighting in the TMC and the deteriorating law and order situation in the State for the murders. After the results of the Lok Sabha poll, political murders have continued unabated in Bengal and supporters of both the parties have died in the violence.

Meanwhile, a number of local leaders of different political parties and Anju Ghosh, actor of well known Bengali film Beder Meye Josna, joined the BJP on Wednesday.

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