Another body found hanging from pole in Bengal, BJP calls for 12-hour strike

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Three days after a young Bhartiya Janta Party (BJP) worker, Trilochan Mahato, was found hanging from a tree in West Bengal‘s Purulia district, body of another person was recovered on Saturday from the same district.

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30-year-old Dulal Kumar’s body was found dangling from a high tension electric tower in the district’s Dabha village under Balrampur police station area.

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 committing suicide, reported NDTV.

Purulia Police Superintendent Joy Biswas said initial examination of the body and crime scene suggest it could have been a case of suicide.

However, moments after his remark, the Mamata Banerjee administration transferred Biswas amidst mounting pressure. He has been replaced by Akash Magharia.

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.

While Mahato’s body was found in Supurdhi village in Balarampur block, that of 32-year-old Dulal Kumar, a district leader of the BJP OBC (other backward classes) cell, was found at Dabha village, about 5km away, reported Hindustan Times.

BJP’s national president Amit Shah tweeted, “Distressed to know about yet another killing of BJP karyakarta Dulal Kumar in Balrampur, West Bengal. This continued brutality and violence in the land of West Bengal is shameful and inhuman. Mamata Banerjee’s govt has completely failed to maintain law and order in the state.”

Expressing his condolences, he added, “I express my deepest condolences to the bereaved family. I along with millions of BJP karyakartas share grief of Dulal Kumar’s family. May God give his family the strength to withstand this irreparable loss. Om Shanti Shanti Shanti.”

Derek O’Brien, Rajya Sabha MP and TMC spokesperson, tweeted, “We strongly condemn this despicable killing. All angles must be probed. The perpetrators of this heinous act must be punished. What role did Jharkhand border have to play? What elements of Bajrang Dal, Maoist or BJP involved?. Let the truth be found out through proper investigation.”

District BJP leaders called 12-hour Purulia bandh on Sunday.

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