In a shocking incident, another worker of the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) was murdered in West Bengal's Coochbehar on Wednesday during an alleged clash between the members of two community clubs. The incident took place in the Tufanganj area during the immersion of idols of Goddess Kali where BJP booth secretary Kalachand Karmakar (55) was lynched to death after he attempted to pacify the members of the clashing groups.
The BJP however has alleged that the Trinamool Congress (TMC) was 'systematically targeting' the saffron party workers, holding TMC goons responsible for the incident. "As the TMC has lost its ground in Coochbehar district, it is systematically targeting the BJP workers," local party leader Sourav Das said.
BJP MP Babul Supriyo also lashed out at the Mamata Banerjee-led government in the state saying that the people would soon respond to their 'arrogant government.' "Kalachand Karmakar, the BJP's booth secretary in Coochbehar, was beaten to death by Trinamool goons, but the administration kept a blind eye and took no action. Soon people will respond to this 'arrogant' government."
Trinamool’s ‘murder politics’ continues in West Bengal! In Coochbehar, BJP booth secretary Kalachand Karmokar was brutally beaten to death by TMC goons.— BJP Bengal (@BJP4Bengal) November 18, 2020
Pishi, you cannot expect people of Bengal to support your politics of blood and terror. Enough. Start counting your days! pic.twitter.com/fN2DLybI3J
Karmakar who was brutally beaten up was declared dead upon his arrival at the hospital. His wife was also thrashed with bamboo sticks in the clashes. Last week, a BJP worker was found dead in a forested area in West Bengal's Purba Medinipur district.
This comes amid a surge of alleged political killings in the Mamata Banerjee-led state. Over 120 BJP workers have lost their lives under the TMC regime, over the last two years, revealed BJYM President Tejasvi Surya during his Nabbana rally last month.
Senior TMC leader and North Bengal Development Minister Rabindranath Ghosh, however, has dismissed the allegations of the BJP saying, "The incident took place due to a local dispute. The police is investigating it. The BJP is trying to politicise the matter," he said.