Chakdaha: A BJP worker was allegedly killed by miscreants with suspected Trinamul link in Nadia’s Chakdah during the wee hours of Sunday morning, barely within 10 hours polls were held in the area.
Dilip Kirtaniya (38), a booth level party worker and a carpenter by profession, was found dead at the courtyard of his home in Enayatpur area of the town with his genital fatally thrashed apart from multiple injury marks on the body. Preliminary investigation indicates that the deceased activist, who was instrumental to mobilize the voters to the polling station ignoring the threats of the miscreants on Saturday, was attacked when he went to attend nature’s call during the early hours of the morning.
His mother spotted him lying dead on the courtyard when she opened the door at around 5 am. Dilip was rushed to Chakdah state general hospital, barely 2 km away, where he was declared brought dead. Dilip, being Matua devotee, was also a prominent face in the local unit of All India Matua Mahasangha.
A doctor at Chakdah hospital said, “Victim’s testicles were fatally thrashed by the assailants. It was bleeding”. Police later sent the body to JNM Hospital in Kalayni for autopsy.
Victim’s elder brother Biplab Kirtania said, “It is a planned murder by miscreants having proximity to Trinamul Congress who during the poll on Saturday had threatened my brother on a number of times. He had actually earned the wrath for escorting people to the polling station since many voters, who are BJP supporters, were afraid to go to polling station due to threats by the miscreants”.
“On Saturday night they summoned my brother late at night. But he did not go..but it appears that they were waiting outside and attacked him when he went out to attend nature’s call”, Bipab added further.
Family sources claimed that miscreants during the past one week had threatened Dilip on a number of occasions asking him to leave the party. In 2019, on the day of Lok Sabha poll, miscreants with Trinamul links also had beaten up him for daring to cast vote visiting polling station despite a ‘threat’.
Police have begun a murder case on the basis of a complaint lodged by the victim’s elder brother naming nine Trinamul workers in the neighborhood as the prime suspects behind the murder. However, none could be arrested till evening as they went absconding.
Meanwhile, angry BJP supporters ransacked the house of one of the suspects. Later led by the party MP Jagannath Sarkar and pary’s Chakdah candidate Bankim Ghosh, the BJP workers s kept the the Chakdah police station gheraoed for about three hours. They also blocked NH12 for about four hours and blocked railway tracks at the Palpara station for about an hour disrupting the communications.
BJP’s turncoat Chakdah candidate Bankim Ghosh said, “Dilip was very enthusiastic party worker. I talked to him yesterday also when he assured me of providing comfortable lead from his area. It is quite unimaginable that Trinamul could kill him in such a way”.
Trinamul’s Chakdah candidate Subhankar Singh, however, refutted the allegation. “The deceased was not very influential political person. I have requested police to find out the mystery behind the murder”.
A senior police officer said, “All the possible aspects being the murder being examined including the activities of the accused persons. We are hopeful to nab the culprits soon”.