A local BJP leader in West Bengal was shot dead on Sunday by two bike-borne assailants near Titagarh in North 24 Parganas district, police said. The duo opened fire at Manish Sukla, a local councillor, on B T Road in the evening, following which he was taken to a private hospital, where he was declared dead on arrivals, the police said.
The state BJP leadership has blamed the Trinamool Congress (TMC) for the incident, but the ruling party has rubbished the accusation. "It is shameful that the TMC has now started politics of annihilation of political opponents. We don't have any faith in local police as this happened in front of the police station. We want a CBI inquiry," BJP national general secretary Kailash Vijayvargiya said. Shukla switched to the saffron party last year.
Senior TMC leader Nirmal Ghosh said the incident was a result of infighting within the BJP and allegations against his party were baseless. A huge police contingent was rushed to the spot after Shukla was gunned down around 9.30 pm. "We have started an investigation and will look at all possible angles," a senior police officer said.
The BJP has called for a 12-hour bandh in Barrackpore area on Monday in protest against the incident. Meanwhile, Governor Jagdeep Dhankhar expressed concern over the law and order situation in the state and has summoned the Additional Chief Secretary, Home, and the DGP on Monday morning. "ACS Home @MamataOfficial and DGP @WBPolice have been summoned at 10 am tomorrow in the wake of worsening law and order situation leading to the dastardly killing of Manish Shukla, Councillor, Titagarh Municipality in political party office," Dhankhar said in a tweet.
ACS Home @MamataOfficial and DGP @WBPolice have been summoned at 10 am tomorrow in the wake of worsening law and order situation leading to dastardly killing of Manish Shukla, Councillor, Titagarh Municipality in political party office.— Governor West Bengal Jagdeep Dhankhar (@jdhankhar1) October 4, 2020