West Bengal: BJP MLA found hanging in market; family alleges murder

A senior Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) leader Debendra Nath Ray, was found dead near his residence in Hemtabad area of North Dinajpur district on Monday, police sources said.

According to the information, Ray was found hanging near his home. He had won the Hemtabad assembly segment, a reserved seat for Scheduled Castes, on the ticket of CPI(M). However, he had switched to BJP last year after the Lok Sabha Elections 2019. Interestingly, he did not resign as CPI(M) legislator in the state assembly.

Meanwhile, an investigation has been initiated while a forensic team has reached the spot. His body has been sent for the post-mortem.

BJP Debendra Nath Ray

West Bengal Governor Jagdeep Dhankhar said in a tweet that “Death of Debendra Nath Roy, Hemtabad MLA-Uttar Dinajpur District, raises serious issues including allegations of murder. Need for a thorough impartial probe to unravel the truth and blunt political violence.”

BJP leader Rahul Sinha was quoted by news agency ANI as saying: “We demand CBI inquiry into the killing of BJP MLA from Hemtabad, Debendra Nath Ray. Trinamool Congress is behind this killing and has made it look like a suicide. I request West Bengal CM to order CBI inquiry to find the truth behind the killing.”

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Likewise, BJP National President JP Nadda tweeted: “The suspected heinous killing of Debendra Nath Ray, BJP MLA from Hemtabad in West Bengal, is extremely shocking and deplorable. This speaks of the Gunda Raj & failure of law and order in the Mamta govt. People will not forgive such a govt in the future. We strongly condemn this.”

-PTC News