WB BJP councillor Manish Shukla shot dead: Party calls for 12-hour bandh in Barrackpore, Vijayvargiya demands CBI inquiry
WB BJP councillor Manish Shukla shot dead: Party calls for 12-hour bandh in Barrackpore, Vijayvargiya demands CBI inquiry
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Kolkata: BJP councillor Manish Sukla in West Bengal was shot dead on Sunday by two bike-borne assailants near Titagarh in North 24 Parganas district, police said.

The duo opened fire at him on B T Road in the evening, following which he was taken to a private hospital, where he was declared brought dead, they said.

The BJP leadership has blamed the Trinamool Congress for the incident, but the ruling party has rubbished the accusation.

Meanwhile, the West Bengal unit of BJP has called for a 12-hour bandh in Barrackpore on Monday, nearly 50 km from Kolkata in protest against the alleged murder.

Sanjay Singh, General Secretary, Arjun Singh, vice-president and Saumitra Khan, president, BJYM will be present in various protests at Barrackpore, as per an official release of the party.

"Bengal is now being turned into a place where murders are normalised! Manish Shukla, BJP councillor from Titagarh was shot by TMC goons. These series of murders clearly indicates towards your inevitable end of TMC," the BJP state unit said in a tweet.

BJP's Central Observer for West Bengal, Kailash Vijayvargiya demanded Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) into the matter.

"BJP worker Manish Shukla has been shot dead in front of Titagarh Police Station (in North 24 Parganas district). This matter should be investigated by CBI," Vijayvargiya said in a tweet.

BJP's state president Dilip Ghosh called the incident as "Political terrorism" of TMC.

"The horrific murder of BJP's youth leader, lawyer and former councillor Manish Shukla is reprehensible. This is an example of the bloody politics of Paschim Banga under TMC. Can any justice be expected from this state Government? #PoliticalTerrorism of TMC," Ghosh said in a tweet.

BJP's state vice president Arjun Singh in a tweet said, "Manish was my younger brother, always stood with me as my shield. Today he is martyred for the land of Bengal, Barrackpore and Bengal will remember this sacrifice. TMC, its leaders and police will all have to bear the brunt of this mistake and misdeeds."

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