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3 months after ‘attack’, BJP poll candidate dies

BJP's Dhurjati Saha, also known as Manas, had contested the Magrahat Paschim constituency in South 24 Parganas district and lost to TMC’s Giasuddin Molla by 97,006 votes.

By: Express News Service | Kolkata |
Updated: September 23, 2021 5:23:01 am
His family and BJP leaders have demanded a CBI probe into the case.

More than three months after an alleged attack on him by “TMC supporters”, a BJP candidate in the recently held Assembly polls died at a private nursing home at Thakurpur in south Kolkata on Wednesday. His family and BJP leaders have demanded a CBI probe into the case. The CBI has been probing several incidents of post poll violence and has registered 40 cases.

BJP’s Dhurjati Saha, also known as Manas, had contested the Magrahat Paschim constituency in South 24 Parganas district and lost it to TMC’s Giasuddin Molla by 97,006 votes.

The BJP claimed that Saha was attacked by supporters of Molla outside a counting centre at 1.30 pm on May 2, the day the election results were declared.

BJP leader in South 24 Parganas Abhijit Das claimed Saha was dragged outside and beaten up with bamboos and sticks, resulting in a head injury among others. Saha was then taken to a nursing home. He had been treated at a different hospital in Kolkata.

BJP MP Arjun Singh visited Saha’s family at the nursing home on Wednesday.

“We all have seen the kind of violence Bengal witnessed after the poll. It’s unfortunate that the CM has completely denied these incidents. She said that there were small incidents. This incident also took place in front of police. Let the CBI investigate,” said Singh.

The newly appointed state BJP president, Sukanta Majumder said that Saha’s death was “unfortunate”.

“We have information that he was attacked by TMC miscreants on the day votes were counted, which led to his death. This lowers the heads of the people of Bengal. A poll candidate had been attacked in Didi’s (Mamata Banerjee’s) Bengal. This shows how opposition BJP activists and leaders are being attacked since the day of counting,” he said.

Saha’s son said the hospital had previously declared him fit and had even told the family to be ready for his discharge on Wednesday. But the family was suddenly informed in the morning that he had been shifted back to the intensive care unit and then informed them about his death.

Repeated calls to TMC MLA Molla for a comment went unanswered.

On the direction of the Calcutta High Court, the CBI has, meanwhile, taken over two more poll violence cases from the state police, taking the total to 40.

The first case was registered at a police station in Jhargram on March 21 on a complaint that a man was attacked with sharp edged weapons near a tea stall due to a political rivalry, leading to his death a few days later.

The second case was registered at Narendrapur police station under in South 24 Parganas on May 6. The complaint alleged that the accused attacked the victim and his house. The victim was taken to a hospital where he died a day later.

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