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Murder of Indian Politician Sets Stage for Election Bloodshed


7Dnews London - AFP

Sun, 10 Feb 2019 17:51 GMT

Thousands of activists took to the streets of a West Bengal town on Sunday February 10th, in response to the death of a politician, whose killing has opened a campaign of violence ahead of India’s general election.

A law maker from the eastern state's ruling Trinamool Congress (TMC), Satyajit Biswas, was shot dead at point blank range by unidentified gunmen as he attended a religious ceremony late Saturday, February 9th.

His party blamed their arch rival party, the Bharatiya Janata Party of prime minister Narendra Modi, but its leaders denied any involvement.

"We suspect a political link to the killing," said West Bengal deputy police chief, Anuj Sharma, and added that two people had been arrested.

His followers marched with the 38-year-old legislator's body from a hospital in Nadia district, about 120 kilometres (75 miles) from Kolkata, to his home village.

Meanwhile, Nadia, which borders Bangladesh, was a battleground between the TMC and BJP during civic polls last year, and there were dozens of deaths during the campaign.

In this potential situation of unrest, Modi will soon announce a national election campaign which expected to start in April and which will almost certainly see new bloodshed.

Biswas had been actively trying to prevent the BJP's foray into the community, said TMC general secretary Partha Chatterjee, as he blamed the rival party for the shocking killing.