West Bengal BJP chief Dilip Ghosh warns of more Cooch Behar-like killings; TMC demands his arrest


West Bengal BJP chief Dilip Ghosh has courted fresh controversy by warning of more Cooch Behar-like killings in the state if ‘naughty boys like the ones who died in Sitalkuchi” try to take the law into their hands.’

Dil Mohammad, father of Hamidul Haq, one of those killed in the CISF firing (Photo: India Today)

According to news agency PTI, Ghosh said, “Naughty boys received bullets at Sitalkuchi. If anyone dares to take the law into his hands, this will happen to him also.”

Known for his controversial statements, Ghosh reportedly told a gathering in Baranagar in North 24 Parganas district that ‘the naughty boys, who had presumed that the rifles of the central forces were just for show during election duty, will not dare repeat the same mistake after seeing what happened in Sitalkuchi.’

Four people were killed in Cooch Behar after CISF personnel opened fire at them during the fourth round of voting in the Sitalkuchi assembly constituency on Saturday. Those killed have been identified as Dil Mohammad, Samiul Haq, Monirul Haq and Nur Islam Miyan.

According to a report by India Today, 19-year-old Ananda Barman, a BJP supporter, too was allegedly dragged out of poll booth number 285 in Sitalkuchi’s Pathantuli by two bike-borne miscreants before being killed.

The Trinamool Congress have demanded Ghosh’s immediate arrest. TMC MP Sukhendu Sekhar Roy told reporters that his party demanded Ghosh’s ‘immediate arrest for making such an inflammatory statement which will encourage trigger happy forces and threaten the safety of voters.’

Home Minister Amit Shah had blamed West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee for inciting people, while the TMC chief termed the killings in Cooch Behar as ‘genocide’ and demanded the Indian home minister’s resignation.

West Bengal is going through assembly polls that are being held in eight stages. Four phases of the polls have already been concluded with the counting of votes scheduled for 2 May.