KOLKATA: Four people including Trinamool Congress founder turned BJP leader Mukul Roy were booked for the murder of TMC MLA Satyajit Biswas on Sunday.
The Krishnaganj MLA in Nadia district of West Bengal was shot at point-blank range during a Saraswati Puja programme on Saturday evening.
Accused local residents Sujit Mondal and Kartik Mondal have been arrested whereas another accused local incident Abhijit Pundari is absconding. Locals vandalised Pundari's house on Saturday night after the murder.
TMC has accused that the three accused are BJP workers which the saffron party denied. Speaking at a press conference here on Sunday, Mukul Roy said: "Naming me in the FIR is a political conspiracy of TMC. There is a tendency to blame BJP for every incident in the state because Mamata Banerjee is scared of BJP. There is no democracy in the state. There should be an independent and fair inquiry into the murder and I will face it. But CID is a stooge of Mamata Banerjee and we can't expect free and fair inquiry from it. If Mamata Banerjee has reservations against CBI, she can ask her friend Chandrababu Naidu to send any inquiry agency from his state."
Meanwhile, Hanskhali police station SHO Anindya Bose was suspended and removed from his post for not maintaining enough security arrangements in the function attended by local MLA and minister Ratna Ghosh (Kar). He was on leave on Saturday.
On the other hand, Biswas's personal bodyguard Prabhas Mondal was suspended and an inquiry initiated against him for taking leave on Saturday without applying for official leave and without arranging for an alternative bodyguard in his place.
"BJP is stooping to new lows. Those involved in the murder will not be spared," said TMC secretary general and education minister Partha Chatterjee while visiting the area, 120 km from Kolkata, on Sunday.
Preliminary investigation has found that the assailants were local residents aware of the locality because of which they could slip after shooting at the MLA's forehead. The murder weapon - a single shooter - was found 200 metres from the crime scene.
Also, the function site witnessed power shutdowns seven times in 30 minutes prior to the murder. It is being suspected that the assailants had deliberately shut down the power several times to distract attention and gain entry into the function without being noticed.
Eyewitnesses have also claimed to have seen accused Sujit Mondal and Kartik Mondal rush out of the function area after the killing. However, both the accused and their family members have claimed that they were at their respective residences during the killing.
While there has been infighting among Trinamool Congress factions, BJP has also seen organisational growth in the region in recent past. The rivalry between the two parties is being investigated.
"My husband had told a few days ago that a local TMC cadre has joined BJP recently. I suspect his involvement in the murder," Roopali Biswas Haldar, the slain MLA's wife said.
However, another vital angle is also been looked into. Being near the Indo-Bangladesh international border, the region has a strong presence of organised cow smuggling gangs against whom the local MLA had spoken up and taken action recently. Their hand in the murder is also not being ruled out.