BJP worker hacked to death in West Bengal; TMC blamed

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The Bharatiya Janta Party has accused Trinamool Congress activists of hacking one of its workers to death at Ketugram in West Bengal’s Burdwan district today.

According to News agency IANSĀ  50-year-old Sushil Mandal — was killed while he was putting up BJP flags to mark Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s swearing-in ceremony in New Delhi later this evening.

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“The victim was hacked to death. We are trying to identify the culprit,” an officer with the Ketugram police station told IANS.

. “A man has died, suspects have been named, and the usual routine of political blame-game has started. We are looking into the matter,” the officer said.

The BJP claims that the ruling party has been carrying out retaliatory attacks on its supporters in the area ever since the results of the Lok Sabha elections were announced.

Trinamool panchayat member Panchanan Das, however, insisted that his party has done nothing to damage the tubewells. “These are false allegations. The BJP has won, and now it is trying to frame us in false cases,” he said, adding that the tubewells have now been fixed.

BJP workers in Birbhum’s Rampurhat block also alleged that Trinamool workers damaged five to six tubewells in the area after the victory their candidate, Dudh Kumar Mondal, in the Lok Sabha elections.

The BJP has long accused the Trinamool Congress of trying to intimidate its workers in West Bengal through violence.