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Youth's body found hanging from tree, BJP assails TMC govt

Press Trust of India  |  Balarampur (WB) 

The body of an 18-year-old man, whom the BJP claimed as its member, was found

hanging from a tree near his home in district this morning.

The incident invited strong criticism of the from who said the ruling dispensation has "surpassed the violent legacy of the communist rule" in

An unsigned handwritten note in Bengali found near the body of near his home in Balarampur, about 295 km from Kolkata, stated that he was "punished for working for the BJP" during the recent rural polls in the state, a said.

"Because you are involved with the BJP even when you are only 18 years, it has claimed your life. I have been searching for you since the panchayat elections and now you are dead," the said quoting from the note.

The youth had gone to a place barely three km from his village last evening and did not return home. He had called up his brother in the night and said that he was kidnapped and urged to be rescued, he said.

"We were informed by his family (about it) but despite searches throughout the night we could not spot him," the said.

The body was found in village in the morning and the police were informed about it by the locals, he said, adding no arrests have been made in connection with the incident.

Assailing the government over the incident, Shah wrote on Twitter, "Deeply hurt by the brutal killing of our young karyakarta, Trilochan Mahato, in Balarampur, A young life full of possibilities was brutally taken under state's patronage. He was hanged on a tree just because his ideology differed from that of state sponsored goons."

He said, "The present TMC govt in has surpassed the violent legacy of Communist rule. Entire BJP mourns this tragic loss & stands firmly with Trilochan Mahato's family in this hour of grief. His sacrifice for organisation & ideology will not go in vain."

The unit condemned the incident terming it "an attack on democracy".

claimed that 18 party workers have been killed in the state and alleged that it was at the behest of the

The party's told reporters in that the youth was associated with the party and asked, "Is it democracy where a young man is being killed just because he was associated with the BJP?"

Training his gun at the TMC, he said BJP cadre are being attacked and killed as the saffron party fared well in in the recent panchayat election in the state.

"The TMC wants to eliminate all signs of opposition from the areas where BJP has won (in the rural poll)", Sinha said.

The termed the allegations as baseless and concocted.

"The allegations against TMC are completely baseless," a said.

In Purulia, the TMC and the BJP had a close fight in the gram panchayats winning 839 and 645 seats respectively. Out of the 38 Zilla Parishad seats, TMC had won 26 seats and BJP nine seats.

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First Published: Wed, May 30 2018. 22:30 IST