BJP worker found dead in Bengal on Day 1 of Amit Shah’s visit

The BJP has alleged that Arjun Chowrasia, whose body was found hanging in an abandoned building in north Kolkata, has been murdered by the ruling Trinamool Congress

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The mysterious death of a BJP worker in north Kolkata’s Kashipur area just ahead of Union Home Minister’s two-day visit to West Bengal, has created a tense situation in state with the saffron party calling it a political murder by the ruling Trinamool Congress.

Police said, the body of 27-year-old Arjun Chowrasia, a BJP Yuva Morcha activist, was found hanging in Ghosh Bagan area inside an abandoned building.

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The BJP has alleged that he was murdered by the Trinamool Congress, a charge the ruling party has denied.

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“He was an efficient party worker. We found him dead this morning,” state BJP spokesperson Samik Bhattacharya said.

A witness who was at the death scene told India Today that it is likely Chowrasia was murdered as his legs were touching the floor.

Expressing grief over the worker’s death, North Kolkata district BJP president Kalyan Chaubey said the youth was an active worker and on Thursday night entrusted with leading a 200-member bike rally to welcome Shah.

A senior state BJP leader said Shah, who is on a two-day visit to the state, will visit Chowrasias residence this afternoon.

Another senior BJP leader said Shah was upset after hearing the news. “He told us to cancel his grand welcome at the NSC Bose airport,” he said.

Shah will arrive in the city from north Bengal in the second leg of his two-day visit.

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Refuting the BJP charge, TMC MP Santanu Sen said “The allegations against us are baseless. Let the police investigate the matter”.

The police said investigation into the incident has been launched.

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