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Political tussle: BJP called 65-year-old killed in Basirhat violence its worker, family denied

A scene of communal tension at Baduria (Source: facebook)

KOLKATA: BJP tried to do politics over the death of 65 years old Kartik Chandra Ghosh killed in mob violence in Basirhat in West Bengal over a controversial Facebook post on Thursday.

The BJP and RSS leadership claimed the deceased was an active BJP worker killed allegedly during the communal trouble but the family is rejecting the claim of the saffron party, Indian Express reported.

Kartik, a Basirhat resident died due to multiple stab injuries, but did not confirm it was linked to the communal violence.

While talking to Kartik’s family, it was revealed that the deceased was “a small businessman who used to sell chicken and grocery items”. the family denied the claim that he had no connection with BJP.

BJP national secretary Kailash Vijayvargiya said the party have lost one of our workers in communal violence.

“Our party member lost his life in the communal flare-up in Basirhat. We came to meet him. We wanted to support the family, but a few people in the premises stopped us. They were all raising TMC slogans. We were not allowed to meet the family,” said Kailash Vijayvargiya, BJP national general secretary.

Claiming the agitators were “Trinamool-backed hooligans”, BJP leader and state president Dilip Ghosh said, “we were being forcibly stopped from meeting the deceased’s family and some of their activists were “severely beaten up”.

Life was limping back to normalcy in the communal violence-hit areas of West Bengal’s North 24 Parganas district as paramilitary forces marched on the streets, and internet and WI-FI services remained suspended in the affected pockets on Thursday.