Missing since days, Trinamool leader found dead in West Bengal

Kolkata: A Trinamool leader was found in West Bengal’s Hooghly district on Monday, police said. Ritesh Roy, 45, a cooperative society chairman from East Midnapore district’s Marishda village, was found dead near Hooghly’s Dadpur village.

The incident occurred two days after a Trinamool Congress MLA from Nadia was shot dead by some miscreants. According to the police, the victim, an active TMC leader of Contai, had called his family members on the morning of February 7, saying that he was going to Malda along with some of his friends.

Later in the evening, the family members tried his mobile number but failed to contact him. As a result, they registered a missing complaint at the local police station. The police failed to trace the victim and the matter was informed to various other police stations. Hooghly Police on Sunday sent a photograph of the body to Marishda police station in East Midnapore, following which the family members identified the body of the victim.

“There are two external injury marks on Roy’s throat and eye. Post mortem report said he was killed by strangulation,” police said.

Trinamool has termed the murder as a “political killing” and alleged that the BJP was involved. However, there is no such evidence yet.

“He was a young leader and an active member of our party. He certainly had political enemies. The miscreants, who used to torture people here during the Left Front regime, have now joined the BJP. Police should thoroughly investigate the matter,” state Transport Minister Subhendu Adhikari was quoted as saying in media reports.

Family members said they last heard from him on February 7 when he informed that he was in Hooghly district for some personal work.

“After we got the news from police in Hooghly, I went there and identified his body. We want strong action against the murderers,” his son said.