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West Bengal: TMC leader shot dead, assailant lynched

Saifuddin Laskar, TMC area president of Bamungachi in Joynagar was shot dead on Monday

TMC leader shot dead in in West Bengal's South 24 Parganas district on Monday morning (HT_PRINT)Premium
TMC leader shot dead in in West Bengal's South 24 Parganas district on Monday morning (HT_PRINT)

A local Trinamool Congress leader was shot dead at Joynagar in West Bengal's South 24 Parganas district on Monday morning, prompting a group of people to lynch an alleged assailant, officials said.

Saifuddin Laskar, 47,  TMC area president of Bamungachi in Joynagar was shot dead near his house by some miscreants, PTI news reported.

He was rushed to a nearby hospital, where doctors declared him brought dead.

Following Laskar's death, his supporters caught one of the alleged assailants and beat him to death. His wife is a panchayat pradhan.

Local MLA Biswanath Das claimed that goons supported by the CPI-M and BJP were behind the murder.

CPI(M) central committee member Sujan Chakraborty said "The incident is reminiscent of the Bogtui carnage.

At least 10 people were killed in arson and violence after the murder of local TMC leader Bhadu Sheikh in Bogtui in Birbhum district in March 2022.

"The murder of Saifuddin Laskar is the result of internal strife within the TMC, it is no use blaming the CPI(M)," he said.

A number of houses were ransacked, looted and set on fire in neighbouring Daluakhali village after Laskar's death, PTI reported.

Some of the affected people of Daluakhali claimed that their houses were targeted and many of them were assaulted as they are CPI-M supporters. They also claimed that their houses were set on fire in the presence of the police and fire engines were prevented from dousing the flames.

Meanhwile, CPI(M) central committee member Sujan Chakraborty said that the police must conduct a proper investigation to nab the killers and unravel the conspiracy.

"The murder of Saifuddin Laskar is the result of internal strife within the TMC, it is no use blaming the CPI(M)," he said.

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Published: 13 Nov 2023, 01:58 PM IST
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