A Trinamul leader was shot dead near his house in Howrah’s Nazirgunge on Monday.
The bullets were fired at around 10.15pm on Monday when Wazhul Khan, secretary of Trinamul’s minority cell in Howrah, was just a few steps away from his house after wrapping up his customary interaction with local residents.
Alarmed at the sound of gunshots, some local youths stepped out and saw Khan lying in a pool of blood. He was rushed to a private hospital in Andul where he later succumbed to bullet injuries.
“Every night my brother would walk down to this house, which is about three minutes from his residence in Nazirgunge, to meet and interact with local residents,” said Guddu Khan, Wazhul’s brother.
Police have arrested two persons for their alleged involvement in Khan’s murder.
“We have scanned some of the CCTV footage and are trying to reach a few others who were present at the spot,” said a senior officer of Nazirgunge police station.
Kalyan Ghosh, Trinamul’s Howrah district president, said: “The murder is a part of the BJP’s design to create unrest in this part of Howrah ahead of the proposed civic polls.”
The BJP leadership has denied the party’s involvement.
“His brother Guddu has joined our party,” said Umesh Rai, BJP's senior leader in Howrah.
Diamond Harbour: A driver had a narrow escape when his tractor got stuck on the tracks with a train moving in early on Tuesday.
The driver managed to jump out of the vehicle in time to escape death between Sangrampur and Deula stations in the Sealdah south section.
The train’s driver tried to slow down but ended up hitting the tractor. The timings of some local trains had to be tweaked because of the accident.