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Trinamool Congress MLA shot dead inside Saraswati puja marquee in Bengal

Press Trust of India  |  Krishnagar (WB) 

Trinamool MLA was shot dead by some unidentified assailants inside a puja marquee on Saturday evening in district, police said.

The ruling TMC alleged that it was a planned attack by the BJP, while the saffron party claimed that it was the result of the ruling party's infighting.

The incident occurred around 8 pm when 41-year-old Biswas, representing constituency in the assembly, along with his party workers, were at the puja marquee at Phoolbari in the station area in the district bordering

The was shot from point blank range when he was coming down from the dais, the police said.

The MLA was immediately taken to a local hospital where doctors announced him "brought dead".

The police were suspecting that two assailants were present at the spot and one of them fired at him.

A firearm suspected to have been used in the crime was found in a nearby area.

A high-level inquiry has been ordered into the killing, the police said.

said the party was shocked at the killing of the "popular youth leader".

directed the party leaders to stand beside the family of the victim, he said.

Claiming that the attack was a conspiracy by the BJP, Chatterjee said those involved in it would be punished after a full-fledged inquiry.

He said the saffron party was trying to create disturbances ahead of the Lok Sabha polls and resorted to politics of murder by singling out leaders having mass bases.

"It was a pre-planned murder by the They have hired goons to carry out the murder," the party's in-charge of district Anubrata Mondal alleged.

state denied the charges and claimed that the killing might be the result of infighting in the TMC.

"The allegations are baseless. The is not at all involved in the case. Those who are blaming us are actually trying to hide their own sins," Ghosh said.

also termed the allegations as baseless.

Reacting to the killing, state said it showed that "complete lawlessness and chaos" prevailed in the state.

"The claims that law and order is good in West Bengal, but this incident shows the true condition...It's complete lawlessness and chaos that are prevailing in Bengal. We demand the CM give an explanation on how could a sitting MLA be murdered," Mitra, who is in for a party meeting, said.

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First Published: Sat, February 09 2019. 23:25 IST