A Trinamool Congress leader from Murshidabad’s Beldanga was shot dead by some miscreants in broad daylight when he was going to a nearby tea stall in the area on Sunday morning.
The incident occurred in the district a day after 12 Councillors from various parties including four from Congress joined TMC allowing it to form the 21-member Jangipur municipal board. Three Congress zilla parishad members also joined TMC on Saturday.
The local people and the supporters of TMC put up demonstration on the National Highway 34 to protest against the incident.
The block was lifted after the senior district police officers reached the spot and assured the agitators that action will be taken against the people who had attacked the victim and shot him dead.
TMC leaders in the district alleged that Congress backed goons were involved in the incident and the crime had taken place in the direction of the some Congress leaders in the district as the victim was an active TMC leader and had been instrumental in the strengthening the party organisation in the district.
It has been alleged that after having found that their organisation has started eroding in the district with many of their supporters joining TMC, the Congress party was engaging criminals to spread terror in the area. State transport minister Suvendu Adhikari who is in the charge of the district said that the police should seize the arms available with the Congress men in the district.
The Congress workers who used to control the area have become violent after their organisation started eroding in the district. The police have started a probe into the incident to nab the culprits.
Police said that the victim, Asar Ali (28) was going to a tea stall at the Mohampur village in Beldanga on Sunday morning when some miscreants hurled bombs at him to stop him and later shot at him from point blank range.
The local people rushed him to a hospital where the doctors declared him brought dead. Tension spread in the area after the incident. Local people staged protest against the incident by putting up road block on the NH 34.
TMC district president Mannan Hossain alleged that Congress-backed goons had committed the crime. Congress spokesperson Ashoke Das termed the incident as an internal fight of the TMC.