BJP leader shot dead in West Bengal, Governor summons DGP

Two bike-borne assailants opened fire at Manish Sukla, a local councillor, near Titagarh in North 24 Parganas district

A BJP leader was shot dead late on Sunday at Titagarh in West Bengal’s North 24 Parganas district. The incident that occurred in Barrackpore subdivision triggered a strong response from the BJP leadership, which called for a 12-hour bandh on Monday in the subdivision.

Manish Shukla, a member of the BJP’s organisational district unit and close associate of Barrackpore BJP MP Arjun Singh, was shot dead by unidentified bike-borne miscreants.

Governor Jagdeep Dhankhar summoned Director General of Police, West Bengal, to Raj Bhavan on Monday over the deteriorating law and order situation .

“ACS Home @MamataOfficial and DGP @WBPolice have been summoned at 10 am tomorrow in the wake of worsening law and order situation leading to dastardly killing of Manish Shukla, Councillor, Titagarh Municipality in political party office,” Mr. Dhankhar had tweeted.

BJP general secretary Kaliash Vijayvargiya said that the BJP worker was shot dead in front of the police station and the role of the police should be investigated in the crime. “Our MP Arjun Singh has been saying that his life and lives of his associates are under threat. I am saddened, Mamataji, that you are stooping so low. People will not forgive you,” he said.

Barrackpore Lok Sabha MP Arjun Singh called it a pre-planned murder and alleged that the weapons used in the crime were of the type used by the police.

On Monday morning, BJP supporters put up blockades at various places in Barrackpore. A number of BJP leaders visited the house of the local leader and met the family members.

The Barrackpore subdivision has been on the boil since the 2019 Lok Sabha poll, when Mr. Singh defected from Trinamool Congress, contested the Lok Sabha elections on BJP ticket and won the seat.

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