Purulia, West Bengal:
Three days after a young BJP worker was found hanging from a tree in West Bengal’s Purulia district, a 30-year-old man’s body was found dangling from a high tension electric tower in the district’s Dabha village.
The BJP has said Dulal Kumar was a party worker. His family has alleged Trinamool party workets killed Dulal Kumar. The family has also dismissed any possibility of Dulal Kumar commiting suicide.
Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee has ordered the state’s highest probe agency, the Criminal Investigation Department (CID), to investigate both the deaths — of Dulal Kumar and Trilochan Mahato.
Both men were residents of separate villages but in the same police station area.
Locals in the early hours of morning spotted the body of Dulal Kumar hung to an electricity tower in Dava village of Balarampur area of the district. Joy Biswas, the Superintendent of Police, Purulia told that prima facie the case appears to be of “suicidal hanging.”
However, BJP national secretary Rahul Sinha, said that this was the “second killing of a BJP supporter in past three days.” He demanded a probe by a Central Bureau of Investigation into the death of Kumar and Trilochan Mahato.
The body of Mahato was found hanging from a tree in Balarampur area on Wednesday with a note in Bengali reading he was “punished for being associated with BJP”. District police has registered a case of murder over the Mahato incident.
Trinamool Congress MP and spokesperson Derek O’ Brien said that all angles must be probed in the “despicable killing”.
“The perpetrators of the heinous act must be punished. What role did Jharkhand border have to play? What elements of Bajrang Dal, Maoist of BJP (are) involved. Let the truth be found out through proper investigation,” he said on social media.
NHRC seeks report
Meanwhile, the National Human Rights Commission (NHRC) has sought a report in the death of Mahato from the West Bengalgovernment. The incident has come to fore within weeks of panchayat polls in West Bengal, which was marred with violence and bloodshed. More than 30 people lost their lives during the run to the polls and on the poling day. The BJP has done relatively well in Purulia winning 33 % of seats at the gram panchayat level in the rural polls.