September 27, 2023

After BJP MLA death, BJP calls for 12-hr shutdown in North Bengal


West Bengal BJP MLA Debendra Nath Roy was found hanging near his house in Hemtabad area of North Dinajpur district today morning. Protesting against the unnatural death of the MLA, West Bengal Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) has called for a dawn-to-dusk shutdown in eight north Bengal districts on Tuesday.

After BJP MLA death, BJP calls for 12-hr shutdown in North Bengal

“We call for a 12-hour shutdown in eight north Bengal districts tomorrow. Our party workers will also stage protests in front of various police stations in the districts,” BJP state president Dilip Ghosh said.

Debendra was found hanging outside a closed tea stall near his house. Though police found a suicide note, family members of the deceased alleged that Debendra was murdered.

“He had received a call at around 1 am and left. He did not return home afterwards. In the morning, locals found him hanging from the shed of a closed tea stall. His hands were tied,” a kin was quoted saying. “This is nothing but a murder. We want a CBI inquiry into it.”

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West Bengal Police wrote this post on Twitter,

“Today morning, the dead body of Hemtabad MLA Debendra Nath Roy was detected hanging from the verandah ceiling of a mobile shop at Balia, Deben More, Raigunj, Uttar Dinajpur. 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.”

“All necessary steps of investigation such as use of tracker dog, visit of forensic experts are being taken. PM 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.”

The body has been sent to a hospital in Raiganj for post-mortem.

Dilip Ghosh, West Bengal BJP president said, “He has been murdered. Someone close to him killed him. Otherwise, why would he go out in the dead of the night. In West Bengal, an MLA has no protection. The law and order has collapsed here. A local TMC Yuva leader may be behind this. A full-fledged probe needs to be done. If needed the probe must be done by a central investigation agency,”.

TMC’s North Dinajpur district president Kanaia Lal Agarwal denied his party’s involvement and also demanded an investigation into the case.

“This is a case of unnatural death. Now, only a probe can find out whether he committed suicide or he was murdered. He was called outside his home in the dead of the night. An investigation will help us find out who had called him and why he had gone outside,” Agarwal said.

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