BJP worker Ulen Roy dies in alleged police firing during rally in Siliguri, WB

Siliguri became witness to yet another instance of excessive police force during a BJP rally in West Bengal on Monday, in which BJP worker Ulen Roy (50) was killed. The post-mortem brought to light that Ulen suffered severe shotgun pellet injuries resulting in his demise.

The district unit of Bhartiya Janta Party has blamed West Bengal Police for Ulen’s death during the march of the party to the State Secretariat building ‘Uttarkanya’ at Siliguri in North Bengal. However, the police has issued a denial stating that they do not make use of shotguns and ‘only used tear gas and water canons’ against the BJP workers. They also claimed that the pellet gun injuries are a consequence of a shotgun fired from a nearby range. In a statement released by the West Bengal Police, they have declared that-

“As per the post-mortem report, the death was due to the effects of shotgun injuries. Police do not use shotguns. It’s obvious that during yesterday’s protest in Siliguri, armed persons were brought and they fired from firearms.”

Kailash Vijayvargiya, the national general secretary, BJP has gone all out to lambast the West Bengal Police and the Mamta Banerjee led government as he states that-

“This is police’s Nadirshahi (cruelty) and the anarchy of Mamata Banerjee government. There is a nexus between the police and TMC goons. Police were using tear gas and goons were hurling country bombs.”

The deceased’s family is insisting for a second autopsy and have denied accepting the mortal remains of Ulen. They are not only in a state of extreme shock but are also perturbed as they came to know about the fact that the first autopsy was conducted violating Supreme Court norms according to which the post-mortem must be carried out during the day. Based on a petition filed by Ulen’s widow, Santibala Roy, a local court has ordered a fresh post mortem in the presence of three doctors with comprehensive video recording.

BJP worker Ulen Roy who passed away after police cracked down on a BJP rally in North Bengal (left); Roy’s grieving family (right)

The situation in Siliguri remained grim with the Police deployment in the wake of the 12-hour Bandh called by the BJP yesterday to protest against the TMC mis-rule and the death of the party worker. The streets of Siliguri remained deserted in support of the Bandh yesterday.

Darjeeling MP Raju Bista has demanded a CBI inquiry into Ulen Roy’s death and alleged that his family was forced to sign the post-mortem documents. Kailash Vijayvargiya tweeted a video which shows  a WB policeman loading pellets into a shotgun to counter the police assertion that they don’t use shotguns.

This incident is not standalone rather it takes place amidst a rash of political murders of opposition leaders and workers, mostly from the BJP, under the Mamta Banerjee led government. BJYM President Tejasvi Surya during his Nabbana rally last month brought to everyone’s notice that

‘In a span of two years, more than 120 BJP workers have lost their lives under the TMC regime’.

With such political murders taking place at the drop of one’s hat, it becomes the responsibility of Bharatvasis to contemplate upon what kind of political party they need in power and what kind of country will they handover to the coming generations.


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