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Bengal police sees no political link yet murders of ‘RSS family’ assume communal overtones

RSS sympathiser Bandhu Prakash Pal, his wife & minor son were brutally murdered in their Murshidabad home Tuesday. Police are probing 'property dispute angle'.

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KOLKATA: The gruesome murder of an RSS sympathiser, his pregnant wife and seven-year-old son in Murshidabad’s Jiaganj town has spurred a war of words between the BJP and its affiliates and the ruling Trinamool Congress in West Bengal.

Police, however, maintain that they are yet to “establish any political connection” to the murders that took place on 8 October, the day of Vijaya Dashami.

Bandhu Prakash Pal, 35, his wife Beauty Pal, 30, and their son Arya were found lying in a pool of blood at round noon Tuesday. However, 24 hours since the victim’s link to the RSS came to the fore, the murders have started taking political and communal overtones, especially on social media.

Pal was a school teacher and also running a multi-level marketing business. His wife, a homemaker, was said to be pregnant.

A senior police officer told ThePrint that no political connection could be established and no document or evidence or eyewitness account was found to substantiate the communal or political claims.

“It is purely a criminal case. As of now, it appears to be a case of murder for gain. We have also found a note written by the wife to the husband, which indicated an ongoing conflict between the two. We are probing the property dispute angle,” said a senior police officer who is in-charge of the investigation. “However, no document could be recovered from the house that establishes his active links with any political organisation. We are close to cracking the case.”

The officer added that there was a puja pandal around 15 metres from the house, and no one noticed or heard any commotion. A man was later seen coming out of the house after which the bodies were found by a neighbour. It seems the killer was known to the victim, the officer said.

“As of now no political connection could be established. Three people of the same family were killed. It is a very important case to us,” said Murshidabad Superintendent of Police Mukesh Kumar. “We will be coming up with more details soon. The investigation is on.”


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Slugfest on social media

Over the last more than 24 hours, the victims’ photographs, including some gruesome ones, have gone viral on social media with some right-wing organisations and their supporters projecting the murders as being politically and communally motivated.

“Pal started attending some of the weekly milan programmes in the area over the last few months. We are shocked to see how the family was wiped out in an hour. The child was also not spared,” said Jishnu Bose, the RSS state secretary. “Almost 48 hours have passed and police could not come up with any result. No one has been arrested. We demand immediate action into such gory crime.”

BJP’s national secretary Rahul Sinha called it “an absolute collapse of law and order”.

“Are we living in Jungle Raj?” Sinha asked. “A teacher associated with Sangh Parivar has been brutally hacked to death. The culprit did not leave his wife and child. The chief minister should fix responsibility immediately. She is also the home minister.”

While a section of politicians attempted to communalise the incident, the government got some backing from the Congress. “We do not see any communal angle to it. Attempts are being made to add a communal colour to the incident to disturb peace and harmony in the area,” said Congress MP and the party’s leader in the Lok Sabha, Adhir Chowdhury. “We are waiting for the investigators to take immediate action in the case.”

Amid the political slug-fest, West Bengal Governor Jagdeep Dhankar issued a statement, condemning the “dastardly and barbaric killing”. According to the statement, the incident has “shocked the conscience on account of its enormity. This is reflective of intolerance and worrisome law and order situation”.

The governor expressed his “unhappiness that in spite of enough time having gone by, there has been no concern expressed by the police or the state functionaries over such a serious issue”.

The statement has angered the ruling TMC. West Bengal’s Education and Parliamentary Affairs Minister Partha Chatterjee called it a “motivated comment” and accused the Governor of “overstepping his constitutional authority”. “This looks like a killing over family disputes. We are waiting for the investigation to get over,” added Chatterjee, who is also the TMC secretary general.


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1 COMMENT

  1. The brutality of the incident indicates either a mental health causation or a political message. This is basic forensic science; regardless of the affiliation if the victims or the perpetrator (s). If it is true, that there was a single perpetrator locking himself up at the scene of the crime for an extended period of time, then it’s clear that there was a lot of emotion associated with the incident from the perpetrators side. This would indicate, again, a mental health issue or someone new to what they are doing; brainwashed or a crime of passion. The entire family was _punished_ here. The motive originates from that fact.

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