Kolkata: Union Home Minister Amit Shah on Friday met the family members of deceased Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) worker Arjun Chowrasia who was found hanging inside an abandoned building in north Kolkata’s Ghosh Bagan area on Friday morning and called for a CBI probe into his death and had asked the West Bengal government to submit a report on the death.
The BJPYM worker was found dead under mysterious circumstances today morning, hours before Amit Shah’s visit to the city.
The BJP unit in West Bengal alleged that Chowrasia, who was Bharatiya Janata Yuva Morcha Mondal Vice-President, North Kolkata was brutally slaughtered and hanged.
According to his family, Arjun used to work in an underwear factory with his elder brother. “He has been killed. I want a CBI probe. My son was a happy person. He can never commit suicide. He had no reason to,” his mother Laxmi Chowrasia told sources.
Following the mysterious death of the party, Shah cancelled all welcome events planned for him in the city and visited his residence.
After meeting his family, Shah said, “We will ensure that those behind the murder of BJYM leader Arjun Chowrasia are punished.”
West Bengal | Union Home Minister Amit Shah today met the family of BJYM leader Arjun Chowrasia, in Kashipur
MHA has taken cognizance of the "murder" of the BJYM leader and has sought a report from the West Bengal government. pic.twitter.com/VnD8OYoMta
— ANI (@ANI) May 6, 2022
The Union minister also called for an inquiry by the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) into the incident.
Slamming the Mamata Banerjee government and her Trinamool Congress party, Shah said, “No matter where I go in Bengal, I get reports of political violence, revenge attacks.
“Y’day, the TMC government completed one year of its term. Today, political murders have started in the state. BJP condemns the murder of Arjun Chowrasia. I met the grieving family, his grandmother was also beaten. BJP demands CBI inquiry into the incident,” Shah told reporters.
“Union Home Ministry has taken cognizance of the incident and has sought a report from the West Bengal government,” he said.
Shah is on his first visit to West Bengal after the saffron party lost the 2021 state Assembly elections.
Asked about the death of the BJP worker, BJP Vice-President Dilip Ghosh told sources, “This (BJYM worker’s murder) is a pre-planned strategy to disturb and threaten our workers. Our worker Abhijit was killed on May 2 last year and 60 murders took place since then. Nobody has been punished, no chargesheet has been filed…It can’t be solved without CBI.”
“Arjun Chowrasia, 27, BJYM Mondal Vice-President, North Kolkata was brutally slaughtered and hanged. This continuous slaying of opponent political workers highlights the demise of democracy in West Bengal. 57 BJP workers were massacred in the last year. Humanity is smothered by the TMC!” – the BJP’s Bengal unit said in a tweet.
Arjun Chowrasia, 27, BJYM Mondal Vice-President, North Kolkata was brutally slaughtered & hanged.
This continuous slaying of opponent political workers highlights the demise of democracy in WB. 57 BJP workers were massacred in the last year. Humanity is smothered by the TMC! pic.twitter.com/iDGJyfOxu7
— BJP Bengal (@BJP4Bengal) May 6, 2022
“He was an efficient party worker. We found him dead this morning. He was to be part of a bike rally that was to be taken out from Kolkata airport to welcome Amit Shah Ji,” state BJP spokesperson Samik Bhattacharya said.
Earlier in the day, Shah visited Border Out Post (BOP) in the Jikabari area in the Cooch Behar district and inspected the Teen Bigha Corridor at the India-Bangladesh Border in West Bengal.