West Bengal BJP worker beaten to death during inter-club clash, saffron party calls 12-hour bandh


A BJP leader was allegedly beaten to death in Cooch Behar district of West Bengal after a clash erupted between members of two community clubs on Wednesday.

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A BJP leader was allegedly beaten to death in Cooch Behar district of West Bengal after a clash erupted between members of two community clubs on Wednesday, his family said.

The incident happened during the immersion of idols of Goddess Kali in Tufanganj area, when BJP booth secretary Kalachand Karmakar (55) attempted to pacify the clashes. Karmaker was beaten up during the clashes. He later collapsed on the ground and was declared brought dead at a hospital, according to a senior cop.

The BJP leader’s wife alleged he was beaten with bamboo sticks.

The saffron party has alleged that the Trinamool Congress (TMC) was behind the incident, and called a 12-hour bandh in Tufanganj on Thursday. However, Mamata Banerjee’s TMC party has denied the charge

“As the TMC has lost its ground in Cooch Behar district, it is systematically targeting the BJP workers,” news agency PTI quoted local party leader Sourav Das said.

However, Senior TMC leader and North Bengal Development Minister Rabindranath Ghosh rubbished the allegations as baseless.

“The incident took place due to a local dispute. The police are investigating it. The BJP is trying to politicise the matter,” PTI quoted the TMC leader.

The state police have arrested one person and a probe is underway, the senior police officer added.

(With PTI inputs)



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