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Murder of CPI-M supporter rocks Tripura

However, nobody was arrested yet in connection with the murder despite lodging specific complaint against five BJP cadres of the locality.

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Agartala: The opposition CPI-M has been demonstrating since this morning for the second day in a row in South Tripura seeking police action against the murder of a party leader whose body was found at Kamalpur village of Belonia on Friday.

However, nobody was arrested yet in connection with the murder despite lodging specific complaint against five BJP cadres of the locality.

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The South Tripura district police claimed that investigation has been launched into the incident and criminals will be booked in due course of time as per law.

The CPI-M state secretary and former Loksabha MP Jitendra Chowdhury alleged that the victim Benu Biswas (48) was beaten to death by BJP hooligans on Thursday night when Benu was coming home from the local market. The four BJP cadres identified as Jhutan Chakraborty, Naresh Chakraborty, Joydeb Sarkar and Manik Lal Sarkar had killed him, as he was alone, Chowdhury alleged.

The villagers had launched a search after being informed by the deceased’s family but his body was later found in an abandoned place in the village. According to report, the four accused had warned him of life threat repeatedly and their behaviour was indifferent in the village even after recovery of the body, which indicated their involvement in the crime, Chowdhury stated.

Later when villagers, irrespective of political affiliation, blocked the road seeking immediate arrest of the culprits, a group of anti-social elements and close aides of the accused BJP cadres stormed the spot and allegedly threatened the villagers to lift the agitation if they want to live peacefully in the locality, Chowdhury alleged adding that surprisingly even after 48 hours of the incident police didn’t arrest any of the accused.

“After BJP led government formed in Tripura, this is the 23rd murder of our party worker. This is not the first time that Benu’s family members came under attack. The family has been facing the attacks and atrocities of the BJP for four years. Not only have they, CPI-M supporters across the state been facing attacks and non-cooperation from police,” Chowdhury added.

Meanwhile, denying the charges, Officer-in-Charge of PR Bari police station Arjun Chakma said, “There are no signs of murder in the crime scene. The autopsy found no sign of external or internal injury on the mortal remains. It is being alleged that he had been killed, might be poisoned to death. Now, we are waiting for a forensic report to ascertain the cause of death.” 

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