BJP worker murdered in north Bengal; party accuses TMC

A Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) worker died in a hospital at Tufanganj in Cooch Behar district of north Bengal on Wednesday morning after he was injured in a clash between members of two community clubs.

The deceased, Kalachand Karmakar, was a polling booth level secretary of the BJP. Malati Rava Ray, president of the BJP’s Cooch Behar district unit, alleged that Karmakar was killed by criminals shielded by the Trinamool Congress (TMC).

“Two local residents, Biplab Karmakar and Parimal Burman, were injured when they tried to save the BJP worker. They are admitted in Tufanganj hospital. Our workers are being targeted regularly,” said Ray.

“The clash was triggered by a quarrel between members of two community clubs that had organised Kali Puja. One person has been arrested. We are conducting a probe,” a police officer from Tufangunj police station said on condition of anonymity as he is not authorised to talk to the media.

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Abdul Jalil Ahmed, the TMC district general secretary, said, “The clash had nothing to do with politics. There was a quarrel between members of the two community clubs. TMC is not involved in any way.”

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