A Trinamool Congress’ panchayat samiti president has been shot dead allegedly by his own party workers in Burdwan district’s Alampur village under Madhabdihi police station limits. District police official said they have detained eight persons in connection with the murder.
Abdul Alim, alias Bablu, Raina-II Panchayat Samiti president, was returning home with his nephew Abdul Halim around 11 pm Saturday when they were intercepted by four unidentified persons, the police said.
In his statement to the police, Halim said the assailants first asked which one of them was Alim and, upon identification, told him to leave. The police quoted Halim that when he returned with help, he found his uncle lying at the spot with two bullet injuries. They rushed Alim to a private hospital where the doctors declared him brought dead, the police said.
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“Alim was shot twice from close range. Based on the complaint filed by his wife and his sister, we have detained eight persons and are interrogating them,” Burdwan SP Kunal Agarwal said.
The family has alleged that local workers of TMC are behind the murder. “My husband has been killed by the leaders of his own party who were eyeing his post (of panchayat samiti president),” wife of the deceased, Runa Laila said. She has named two persons — Syed Kalimuddin and Syed Qutubuddin — in her complaint. The duo is among the eight detained by the police.
District TMC leader Ujjal Pramanik, however, said that “CPI(M) goons” were behind the murder, an allegation which Udai Sarkar, CPI(M)’s local leader, promptly refuted. “The charges are baseless. It has been done to hide the faction clash within the party. If the police holds an impartial probe, truth will come out,” he said.