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Bengal BJP MLA found hanging near home, family demands CBI probe

"He had received a call at around 1 am and left. He did not return home afterwards. In the morning, locals found him hanging from the shed of a closed tea stall. His hands were tied," the kin of the deceased BJP MLA said.

Written by Santanu Chowdhury | Kolkata | Updated: July 13, 2020 6:27:57 pm
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West Bengal BJP MLA Debendra Nath Roy was found hanging outside a closed tea stall near his house in Raiganj area on Monday morning. While the family members of the Hemtabad MLA in North Dinajpur district alleged Roy was murdered, police claimed to have found a suicide note from the deceased.

According to the deceased’s family, Roy had stepped outside the house at around 1 am. “He had received a call at around 1 am and left. He did not return home afterwards. In the morning, locals found him hanging from the shed of a closed tea stall. His hands were tied.”

A family member said: “This is nothing but a murder. We want a CBI inquiry into it.”

Taking to Twitter, West Bengal Police said: “Today morning, the dead body of Hemtabad MLA Debendra Nath Roy was detected hanging from the verandah ceiling of a mobile shop at Balia, Deben More, Raigunj, Uttar Dinajpur. A suicide note is recovered from the shirt pocket of the deceased. Two persons have been named in the note as responsible for his death.”

It added: “All necessary steps of investigation such as use of tracker dog, visit of forensic experts are being taken. PM is yet to be done. People are requested not to jump on speculative, biased and judgmental conclusions and to wait for the investigation to complete.”

The body has been sent to a hospital in Raiganj for post-mortem.

“The investigation is on. We are awaiting the post-mortem report,” said a senior police officer of North Dinajpur district.

West Bengal BJP president Dilip Ghosh also backed the family’s demand for a CBI probe into the incident.

“He has been murdered. Someone close to him killed him. Otherwise, why would he go out in the dead of the night. In West Bengal, an MLA has no protection. The law and order has collapsed here. A local TMC Yuva leader may be behind this. A full-fledged probe needs to be done. If needed the probe must be done by a central investigation agency,” he said.

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The central leadership of the party has asked state party leaders to visit the district.

TMC’s North Dinajpur district president Kanaia Lal Agarwal also denied his party’s involvement and also demanded an investigation into the case.

“This is a case of unnatural death. Now, only a probe can find out whether he committed suicide or he was murdered. He was called outside his home in the dead of the night. An investigation will help us find out who had called him and why he had gone outside,” Agarwal said.

Roy had won the 2016 Assembly polls on a CPM ticket. He had joined the BJP last year.

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