Raiganj: North Dinajpur District Magistrate Ayesha Rani A in a press conference on Wednesday evening said presiding officer Rajkumar Roy whose body was found beside a railway track might have been run over by a train. However, she said the CID has been told to conduct a thorough investigation to reveal Roy’s mystery death following the direction of the State Election Commission. Meanwhile, Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee, while addressing a Press conference at Nabanna, said she would definitely look into the compensation aspect.
Some of the polling personnel who had assisted Roy at booth no 48 of Itahar block on Monday’s poll who attended the Press meeting, said there was no untoward incident as such. They said Roy had left the booth but did not come back. The mutilated body of Roy was found along the tracks located in Raiganj’s Sonadangi area by the locals on Tuesday. Apparently, it was apprehended that Roy was murdered as his body lay in a pool of blood beside the tracks.
Roy was posted as an assistant teacher of English in Rahatpur High madarsa of Karandighi. Around 8 pm on Monday, intimating other polling personnel, he left for the toilet but didn’t return. His phone was also switched off. A missing complaint was lodged at the police station by the concerned BDO. Roy hailed from Siliguri’s Phansidewa. He is survived by his wife and two children.
On Wednesday, the polling personnel, mostly school teachers, hit the street in Raiganj claiming that Roy was first abducted and then murdered. They raised the issue of ‘insecurity of polling personnel’ and had also boycotted counting duty on Thursday and resorted to a demonstration. Police superintendent Shyam Singh said he had been informed about the incident of the train accident that supposedly claimed Roy’s life by the GRP on Tuesday. He also claimed that the polling had been peacefully conducted where Roy was deployed.