The Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) in West Bengal on Tuesday reacted sharply to the state government’s clarification on the death of the party’s worker Ulen Roy who had died in Siliguri on Monday during a party programme. This comes at a time a court has ordered for a second post mortem report on the body, and ordered the entire process to be video-recorded. Such a demand was made by the BJP.
During the day, West Bengal Police tweeted that the deceased had been killed by shotgun injuries (as indicated by the post mortem), a type of gun that is not used by the police. The state police also tweeted to add he was injured with pellets from a shotgun fired from close range by someone standing near him at the program. Earlier in the day, Mamata Banerjee said at a programme in Ranigunj on Tuesday – said, “You are killing your own people with shotguns just for the sake of publicity! Police do not use such guns!” The state’s CID has taken up the case for investigation.
The BJP senior leadership – including Dilip Ghosh and Samik Bhattacharya – said that the state government is making statements in order to tarnish the image of the BJP. Bhattacharya said that Trinamool goons were part of the programme along with the police in order to target BJP workers. During the day, BJP had held a 12-hour bandh in north Bengal to protest the death.