West Bengal: BJP MLA found hanging, police says suicide, family and party claim murder

Body of Debendra Nath Roy, BJP MLA from Hemtabad, a reserved seat, in Uttar Dinajpur, was found hanging at his residence near Bindal village in West Bengal on Monday morning.

According to Raiganj Zila SP Sumit Kumar, the police reached the spot, after getting the information from local residents, and the body has been sent for post-mortem. The body was found at his residence. As per prima facie reports, he committed suicide. Police even claimed of recovering a suicide note from the pocket of the deceased.

“Today morning the dead body of MLA Hemtabad, Debendra Nath Roy was detected hanging from the verandah ceiling of a mobile shop at Balia, Deben More, Raigunj, Uttar Dinajpur,” West Bengal police said in a tweet.
“A suicide note is recovered from the shirt pocket of the deceased. Two persons have been named in the note as responsible for his death,” it said.

The police further said, “All necessary steps of investigation such as use of tracker dog, visit of forensic experts are being taken. Post Mortem is yet to be done. People are requested not to jump on speculative, biased and judgmental conclusions and to wait for the investigation to complete.”

However, BJP and deceased’s family have claimed that he was “killed and then hung”. To support their claim, they have pointed to the fact that Roy’s hands were also tied to the rope from which he was found hanging.

“Body of Shri Debendra Nath Ray, BJP MLA from Hemtabad, a reserved seat, in Uttar Dinajpur, was found hanging like this in Bindal, near his village home. People are of the clear opinion that he was first killed and then hung. His crime? He joined the BJP in 2019,” read a tweet by West Bengal BJP.

Meanwhile, Accusing the state government of a “failure of law and order,” BJP national President JP Nadda said, The suspected heinous killing of Debendra Nath Ray, BJP MLA from Hemtabad in West Bengal, is extremely shocking and deplorable,” he tweeted.

“This speaks of the Gunda Raj and failure of law and order in the Mamata (Banerjee) government. People will not forgive such a govt in the future. We strongly condemn this,” he added. The BJP has also called for a 12 hour strike in North Bengal.