Bhangor: The shooting of a local Trinamool Congress leader in Bhangar in South 24 Parganas district of West Bengal on Sunday has hiked tension in the Bhangor area that had been simmering on the back of an agitation against land acquisition.
The victim, Asikur Rahman (48), was killed after he was hit on the head by a bullet allegedly fired by a land protester when he was returning from the residence of another Trinamool leader, Arabul Islam.
When contacted additional director general (law & order), Anuj Sharma told HT, that the police is investigating the matter. “We are yet to arrest anyone or pin point anyone responsible for the shooting. However, we are investigating the matter and enough police personnel have been deployed in the area to avoid further tension,” Sharma said.
Rahman was the office bearer of Bhangar II panchyat samiti. Local Trinamool leaders claimed that he was shot by the activists of a protest group called Jami, Jibika, Paribesh O Bastutantra Raksha Committee (committee to protect land, livelihood, environment and ecosystem), which had been spearheading the land agitation at Bhangar which is about 33 km south of Kolkata.
Floated by Naxal outfit, CPI-ML (red Star), the committee and its land movement at Bhangar rare backed by the CPI(M)-led Left Front, CPI-ML (Liberation), Majdoor Kranti Parishad and Association for Protection of Democratic Rights (APDR).
“The situation at Bhangar was quite tense since Sunday morning following the preparation of a rally by the committee. Rahman went to Arabul Islam’s residence to discuss some panchayat related matters. While returning as he reached Notunhat area he was hit by a bullet on his head. The bullet was fired from the Machidnaga side, where activists of the said committee assembled for the rally. Later I heard that bullets were fired towards Arabul Islam,” said local Trinamool Congress leader, Hakimul Islam.