The horrifying case of triple murder in West Bengal’s Murshidabad where an RSS member, his pregnant wife and their eight-year-old son were murdered has attracted sharp reactions from the citizens and political spheres.
Bengali filmmaker and actress Aparna Sen on Friday urged the West Bengal Chief Minister to “ensure the perpetrators are brought to justice.”
Pregnant wife & child of RSS man slaughtered in our own WB! Whatever the reason for such a gruesome act, shame on us! Madam CM! Pls ensure the perpetrators are brought to justice! Irrespective of political inclinations, all citizens of WB are ur responsibility. U are CM to all!
— Aparna Sen (@senaparna) October 11, 2019
The incident took a political turn when Bhartiya Janta Party members started blaming the murder on Trinamool Congress workers. The BJP says the murdered teacher, 35-year-old Bandhu Prakash Pal, was a member of the Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS), the ruling party’s ideological mentor.
His wife Beauty, 30, and young son Arya were found in different parts of their home in Jiaganj in Murshidabad district, on Tuesday, the day Vijayadashami and Dussehra were being celebrated.
Calling it a “gruesome act” the filmmaker said, “irrespective of political inclinations, all citizens of West Bengal” are her responsibility.
The police is investigating several possibilities including a marital dispute and has said that the murders had nothing to do with Pal’s political background. The family had moved to the area 18 months ago.
Bengal Governor Jagdeep Dhankar said there must be no cover up in the investigation into the case and it “cannot be brushed under the carpet”. He also expressed dismay over the “silence” of the Mamata Banerjee government. The Trinamool retorted that the governor is “crossing constitutional “Laxman Rekhas” and suggested he keep an eye on crimes in Tripura, Bihar and Uttar Pradesh instead.