2 Arrested In Trinamool Lawmaker Satyajit Biswas' Assassination

2 Arrested In Trinamool Lawmaker Satyajit Biswas

Trinamool Lawmaker Satyajit Biswas, Shot Dead While Walking Down Podium 

New Delhi: After the assassination of Trinamool Congress' leader, two people have been arrested and a police officer has been suspended.

The lawmaker, Satyajit Biswas was shot dead at point-blank range while attending a public function in West Bengal's Majhdia, 120 km from Kolkata. The police officer said that the Trinamool lawmaker from Nadia district was shot dead moments after he inaugurated a Saraswati Puja function. The event was organised by a club called "Amra Shobai" (All of Us).

The two accused, Kartik Mondal and Sujit Mondal, reported to be the residents of Majhdia area - were detained yesterday, but now they two have been formally arrested. The Officer-In-Charge (OC) of Hanskhali Police Station has also been suspended.

According to the eyewitnesses, Mr Biswas was sitting on a chair in the front row with a small group of people who had gathered to watch a cultural show on a small stage. The lawmaker was killed by by 2-4 assailants, news agency ANI said.

"It sounded like a firecracker going off. Then I saw Mr Biswas slumped to the ground," an eyewitness said. "I was just about five feet away from (Satyajit) Biswas and rushed to help him. He was completely covered in blood."

Trinamool president of Nadia district, Gaurishankar Dutta has accused BJP leader Mukul Roy for the murder. Mr Dutta had left the venue minutes before the daylight murder happened.

The killing was strongly condemned by the Trinamool Congress.

Mr Biswas was shot multiple times from close range, as per thepolice sources. The gunmen took advantage of the confusion and panic following the incident to escape, they added.

The shocking murder comes just days before election dates are to be announced and in the middle of a confrontation between the ruling Trinamool and the BJP.

The BJP has been accused by several leaders of the Trinamool Congress.

The Bhartiya Janata Party has blamed Trinamool's own factional feud for the killing and demanded a probe by the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI).

"I think it would be best to have a CBI probe because the CID will not be able to unearth the truth as Satyajit Biswas is the victim of intractable clash; it is best to get the CBI. The truth will come out," said BJP leader Sayantan Bose.

Dilip Ghosh, the BJP state president said that all the party will fully back and cooperate with a CBI probe into the incident.