Tensions remain high in West Bengal’s Khanakul after murder of a BJP worker on Saturday morning during Independence day flag hoisting ceremony. The deceased, named Sudarshan Pramanik died after sustaining heavy injuries in a clash which broke out between cadres of the BJP and some alleged TMC backed miscreants.
Protesting against the death of their worker, Bengal BJP has announced a 12-hour bandh in the area demanding the arrest of those involved in the incident. The BJP has alleged that their worker has been murdered by the TMC, a charge denied by the ruling party who called it a fallout of BJP’s internal feud.
According to reports, A clash broke out between the workers of both the parties over the hoisting of the Tricolour, in which the BJP worker was allegedly beaten by TMC workers. He later succumbed to his injuries.
While the police have refused to comment on the political affiliation of the people involved in the clash, locals claimed that a few BJP workers had gathered at Khanakul to hoist the flag when they were stopped by another group who too wanted to hoist the flag at the same place. The two sides then pelted stones at each other, locals claimed.
Questioning the role of West Bengal Police, BJP state president Dilip Ghosh said, “We all know the state of democracy in Bengal. Violence continues unabated even on Independence day so we need to launch another freedom struggle to reinstall democracy in Bengal.”
Earlier in July, the body of a local BJP worker was found hanging from a tree in the Kachuri village of the East Midnapore district in West Bengal.
Purnacharan Das was found hanging from a tree. Speaking to news agency ANI, Das’ family members alleged that Trinamool Congress workers who had been insisting Das join their party were the perpetrators of the ‘murder’.
“My brother used to do party work for the Bharatiya Janata Party. That is why they killed him,” claimed the deceased’s sister.