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West Bengal police takes to Twitter to rule out political angle in Murshidabad murders

The West Bengal police ruled out any political angle in the killings of three members of a family in Murshidabad district’s Jiaganj.

SNS | New Delhi |

The West Bengal police on Friday took to Twitter to clear the air on the political row caused due to the killings of three members of a family in Murshidabad district’s Jiaganj, saying “it seems to be a case of personal enmity.”

A primary school teacher, 35-year-old Bandhu Prakash Pal, his 30-year-old pregnant wife Beauty and their eight-year old son Angan were found murdered in their residence in Jiaganj on Tuesday.

Following the murders, the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) and the Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS) had claimed that Bandhuprakash regularly attended Milan, a weekly programme of the RSS, for the past few months.

The police in a series of tweets said,  “Murder of three members of a family of Kanaiganj, Jiaganj PS, Murshidabad is a sad incident. Investigation was started just after incident and 2 persons hv(have) bn(been) detained and are being examined. It has so far bn found in investigation that the deceased person was also working.”

The second tweet read, “as agent of some insurance and chain companies and was in a serious financial crisis. His family members have denied affiliation with any political group. A diary note found is suggesting serious differences in the family”

The thread further read, “CID has been asked to get associated with investigation. Prima facie it seems to be a case of personal enmity and it has nothing to do with politics.”

Murshidabad Superintendent of Police (SP) Mukesh Kumar told mediapersons, “We have not arrested anyone till now. We had detained four persons, but freed two of them after interrogation. We are questioning the other two.”

He further said, “We are getting some financial dealings and are working on that. Once we are confirmed, we will let you know.”

According to the police, “His family members have denied affiliation with any political group. A diary note found suggests serious differences in the family.”

Union Minister Babul Suprio was one of the  many BJP leaders who condemned the incident. In a tweet, he said (in Hindi),  “Where is Bengal heading? Mamata Banerjee for you Mother, Earth and people matter at all or not? Did we want this Bengal? Where we worship Maa durga and Maa Kaali and on the other hand a mother is killed with her child.”

Noted filmmaker Aparna Sen too have condemned the murder and described the incident as “shame” for the people of the state, asking Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee to ensure that 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 ( Please) Aensure the perpetrators are brought to justice! Irrespective of political inclinations, all citizens of WB are ur (your) responsibility. U (You) are CM to all,” she tweeted.

The West Bengal Governor Jagdeep Dhankhar too joined the bandwagon and questioned the law and order situation in the states on Thursday.

West Bengal Governor Jagdeep Dhankar said, “I am in deep pain. My heart is bleeding. What was in Murshidabad, a brutal murder took place, putting humanity to shame. A teacher, his pregnant wife and eight-year-old child were killed in a barbaric manner and there has been no response from the state machinery so far. This is a very, very serious reflection of the situation we are living in. I would urge the authority for a quick and real investigation.”

The ruling Trinamool Congress’ state Education Minister Partha Chatterjee replied, “Why such canards are being spread about an incident in Murshidabad? We feel that to cover up the infighting of the BJP, the office of the Governor is being used. The Governor is transgressing his constitutional jurisdiction by making such comments.”