Ahead of Chief Minister Mamata Banerjees visit to the district,CPI-M leader Jahangir Alam,also the newly elected sabhapati of a panchayat samiti at Hasnabad in North 24-Parganas,was shot dead by miscreants in the Tokipur bazar area,the police said Tuesday.
Alam was returning home from a party meeting when he was gunned down at point-blank range. He was rushed to a local hospital where the doctors declared him brought dead.
The local CPM leaders and the villagers resisted when the police came to collect the body.
Alam had won the sabhapati post by one seat. His death has now created a tie between the TMC and the CPM on the Hasnabad panchayat samity seat.
An FIR lodged in the case has named eight people. While the CPM has blamed the TMC for the murder,the ruling party has termed the death as the result of an intra-party fight. State Food Minister Jyotipriya Mallick said,There is no connection between the murder and the TMC. It is a result of infighting. There is a money trail behind it.
The Opposition has also sought Governor M K Narayanans intervention,besides announcing a march to the Writers Building with Alams body.
We have sought his intervention so that it is not repeated elsewhere in the state. It is not an isolated incident; we feel it may take place elsewhere. The Governor has expressed his concern, former state finance minister Asim Dasgupta told reporters.
The Hasnabad incident,he added,is a direct attack on democracy.
Meanwhile,the authorities at the hospital where Alam was taken to did not hand over the leaders body to the CPM,citing delay in conducting the inquest and the autopsy.
Former CPM district secretary Gautam Deb accused the state government of hatching a conspiracy by not allowing the hospital to hand over the body to us.
Another senior CPM leader,Nepal Deb Bhattacharya,said,We had decided to march to the city with the body. We would now hold a meeting in the city and submit a deputation to the Governor.
In a separate incident,Hasmat Sheikh,a panchayat Samity member,was also killed on Tuesday after bombs were hurled at him in Murshidabads Farakka block. Sheikh,too,was returning home from the party office when he was killed.