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Trinamool councillor shot dead in Asansol, family dispute suspected

Kolkata: A Trinamool Congress councillor of Asansol Municipal Corporation identified as Md Khalid was shot dead on Saturday night, in front of his home at Barakar in Asansol.

Three miscreants came to the area on a bike and fired multiple rounds at him. When Khalid hit the ground, the miscreants fled the scene.

According to sources, Khalid, who was the councillor of ward 66 of Asansol Municipal Corporation, had gone out of his home for a stroll on Saturday night.

When he was about to enter his house at Manberia in Barakar with his younger brother Arman at around 12 am on Saturday night, three miscreants came there on a bike.

Two of them came down from the bike and came close to Khalid. Before he could react, one of the miscreants shot a round at his leg. When he was trying to reach his home, the miscreant shot another round at Khalid's chest.

As soon as Khalid fell down, the miscreants fled. Arman, who was close to Khalid, tried to stop the bike but failed. Immediately, Khalid's neighbours and family members rushed him to Asansol District Hospital where doctors declared him brought dead. Later, Arman stated that he

is suspecting three persons with possible motive for the crime.

He also stated that Khalid was attacked a few years ago as well. Before that, they had even attacked Khalid's father. The suspected persons are their family members.

The Mayor of Asansol Municipal Corporation reached the hospital as soon as he got the news.

Later, he said: "Khalid's brother is suspecting some persons, about which he has informed the police. We also want the culprits behind bars soon. Police will do the needful."

Later on Sunday night, police arrested a person identified as Tinku Khan, who is a relative of Khalid. It is suspected that the attack was due to some family dispute.

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