Two BJP supporters held for Trinamool MLA’s murder, Mukul Roy booked

Two Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) supporters were arrested on Sunday in connection with the murder of Krishnaganj’s Trinamool Congress (TMC) legislator Satyajit Biswas, who was shot dead from close range soon after he inaugurated a Saraswati Puja in his locality in Phulpur on Saturday evening.

BJP’s national executive committee member and Lok Sabha election management committee in-charge for Bengal, Mukul Roy, has also been named in the FIR lodged at Hanskhali police station, sparking another war of words between the TMC and the BJP.

TMC supporters on Saturday night also vandalised the residence of a BJP worker, suspecting his involvement in the murder. While the state government has already ordered a Criminal Investigation Department (CID) probe into the matter, the police administration in Nadia district suspended the MLA’s bodyguard Prabhas Mondal and the officer in-charge of Hanskhali police station, Anidya Basu.

“The MLA’s security guard and the OC of Hanskhali police station have been suspended for negligence in duty. The probe is on and we are looking for others who might have been involved with this murder,” said Niraj Kumar Singh, inspector general of police, south Bengal.

Inspector general of CID, Ajay Kumar, visited the spot on Saturday night. Biswas was 37 and is survived by his wife and a one-year-old son.

This is the first incident of an MLA’s murder since Mamata Banerjee became the chief minister in 2011, even though another TMC MLA from South 24-Parganas district had a close shave in December when three persons were killed during an attack on his vehicle

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