Three days before, a young BJP worker was found hanging from a tree in West Bengal’s Purulia after that a 30-year-old man named Dulal Kumar’s body was found dangling from a high tension electric tower in the district’s Dabha village and he also was a BJP worker. His family has alleged Trinamool party workets killed Dulal Kumar and his 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. As both men were residents of separate villages but in the same police station area.
Dulal was missing since 8 last night. He had gone out on his motorcycle, his family said. When he didn’t return home, they got worried and searched for him in the area. They also informed the police who found his motorcycle in the nearby fields. Around 5.45 this morning, his body was found hanging from a high tension electric tower. As news of his death spread, villagers, his family, and BJP workers rushed to the spot.
Rupchand Kumar, Dulal’s cousin said, “We started looking for him around 9 pm. When I called on his mobile phone, he picked up and disconnected the call.”
The BJP leader Rahul Sinha said Dulal Kumar was not just a BJP supporter, but a full-time party worker who held a post in the panchayat. The Party supporters refused to allow police to bring the body down. Villagers surrounded the cops and Deputy Superintendent of Police Atul Chatterjee’s vehicle was also ransacked. BJP supporters also blocked the Balrampur-Baghmundi road in protest for several hours.
The BJP leader Rahul Sinha said, “West Bengal was under jungle raj” and only a “CBI investigation will lead to anything”.
The TMC leader Derek O’Brien demanded a thorough probe into the incident whereas he also tweeted that, “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.”
A 20-year-old youth Trilochan Mahato, a BJP worker, was found hanging by a nylon rope from a tree near his home in village Supurdih in Purulia’s Balarampur block and the party claimes it was a political murder linked to the recent civic polls in the state that turned violent. With this there was a chilling message written on his tshirt which stated, “This is for doing BJP politics from age 18. Been trying to kill you since the vote. Failed. Today you are dead.”
The BJP president Amit Shah tweeted he was “deeply hurt by the brutal killing of our young karyakarta.””A young life full of possibilities was brutally taken out under state’s patronage. He was hanged on a tree just because his ideology differed from that of state sponsored goons.”
A day before Trilochan Mahato’s death, Trinamool lawmaker and Mamata Banerjee’s nephew Abhishek Banerjee had told a public meeting that he would make Purulia a “opposition-free” district. And he had later claimed Trilochan was the victim of rivalry between the Bajrang Dal and BJP, a charge repeated by Shrishti Dhar Mahato, a senior Trinamool leader from Purulia.
The TMC and the BJP in Purulia, had a close fight in the gram panchayats winning 839 and 645 seats respectively. Out of the 38 zilla parishad seats, the TMC had won 26 seats and BJP nine seats.