Twenty-four hours after Manish Shukla, a 39-year-old BJP chief from Bengal’s Barrackpore, was shot 19 occasions – in full view of the general public and simply metres from a police station – the hearse bearing his physique was prevented from going to the residence of Governor Jagdeep Dhankhar, who had earlier hit out at what he known as “nose-diving regulation and order scenario within the state”.
Earlier right now Bengal BJP mentioned it will take the physique to the Governor to protest the “homicide of democracy”. Police stopped them and it was solely after Mr Shukla’s father and 4 senior leaders have been allowed to go in and demand a CBI probe that the physique made its method to Khardah for the final rites.
Why Mr Shukla was killed, and by whom, continues to be unclear. The Mamata Banerjee authorities has handed the case over to the CID (felony investigation division) of West Bengal Police.
A number of BJP leaders have blamed the ruling Trinamool Congress. The occasion’s Barrackpore MP, Arjun Singh, warned the federal government of “revenge” for the demise of his “brother”.
Late Monday, after hints by minor Trinamool leaders that Mr Shukla was the sufferer of a feud inside the BJP, cupboard minister Firhad Hakim took intention at Arjun Singh, the Barrackpore MP.
“The weapons used to shoot Manish Shukla weren’t the sort usually utilized by criminals in Bengal. Had been criminals introduced from exterior?” Mr Hakim requested earlier than shifting on to the explosive bit.
“Throughout and after the final election some criminals had come to work in assist of Arjun Singh. I heard they have been sharpshooters. One among these criminals died in an encounter with police after which they fled. So have been some criminals like this imported? Who imported them and why?” he requested.
“I had heard Mr Shukla needed to return to our occasion… that he advised his inside circle just lately he simply could not keep in BJP any extra,” Mr Hakim added.
Mr Hakim had a number of questions that, he claimed, hinted at one thing unsavoury.
“Why did Arjun Singh all of the sudden get out of the automobile (after which Mr Shukla was killed). I’ve seen many small BJP leaders with central safety… why did not Mr Shukla have such safety? If there was different safety, the place have been they? Why did Arjun Singh get a name from Kailash Vijayvargiya at the moment and go away for Kolkata?” he requested.
Mr Singh, in the meantime, has dismissed these allegations.
“Often I’d have been with Manish Shukla and there would have been multiple demise. However Firhad Hakim is mendacity. There was no thriller behind the decision. That is all of the doing of the Mamata Banerjee and the Trinamool Congress can pay for this,” he mentioned.
The BJP’s Kailash Vijayvargiya was much more categorical.
“Arjun Singh has mentioned many occasions that the Barrackpore Police Commissioner and Extra Commissioner have been contracted to kill him. We now have no religion within the police. Because the killing occurred in entrance of the police station, there must be some hyperlink. There must be a CBI probe,” he mentioned.
Bengal BJP chief Dilip Ghosh has additionally blamed Ms Banerjee’s occasion however scored one thing of an personal purpose when he mentioned “Bengal, like Uttar Pradesh and Bihar, is slipping into the grip of the mafia”.
Each UP, the place the Yogi Adityanath authorities is going through extreme criticism over more and more horrific crimes towards ladies, and Bihar are dominated by the BJP and its allies.
Governor Dhankhar tweeted by way of the day reprimanding the Mamata Banerjee authorities over a “nose-diving regulation and order scenario”, summoning the DGP and House Secretary and interesting to Ms Banerjee to name him to debate the scenario.
Nevertheless, solely the Chief Secretary confirmed up for a gathering.
Mr Shukla’s physique, in the meantime, reached his dwelling in Khardah at round 9 pm. A whole lot gathered to bathe petals on his physique. Mr Shukla’s father, who mentioned his son had a gun that had been seized by the police some months in the past, described him as a social employee.
Earlier than he joined the Trinamool, Mr Shukla – an advocate by career – used to work for CPM chief Tarit Topdar. Because the Trinamool rose, he shifted his loyalties to Arjun Singh and the BJP.
Mr Shukla was married and had two younger youngsters.
Protests towards his killing raged within the Barrackpore space all through the day, particularly close to the Titagarh Police Station the place he was shot.
A 12-hour band h known as for by the BJP was enforced with roadblocks – burning tires and wooden – at a number of locations. BJP staff repeatedly clashed with police close to the Titagarh station, who responded with lathi costs and, in some locations, with tear fuel.