Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) MLA Debendra Nath Ray from Hemtabad was found hanging in front of a shop in Bengal’s North Dinajpur district on Monday morning.
The incident came to light after the locals spotted Ray hanging in front of a shop and they alerted the local police and immediately a team rushed to the spot and sent the body for post mortem examination.
Ray’s family members alleged a foul play and claimed that he was murdered and then hanged since his hands were tied. On Sunday night, he was called up by some unknown persons and since then he went missing, the family members added.
Demanding a high-level inquiry into the matter, West Bengal Governor Jagdeep Dhankhar took to Twitter and said, "Political violence and vendetta @MamataOfficial shows no signs of abating. Death of Debendra Nath Roy, Hemtabad MLA-Uttar Dinajpur District, raises serious issues including allegations of murder. Need for thorough impartial probe to unravel the truth and blunt political violence."
Hematabad MLA ‘hanging’-Police stance at top that it is ‘suicide’ is indicative of cover up- smacks with police prejudice, not without obvious intentions.Autopsy beVIDEOGRAPHED BY EXPERT TEAMAS PER SUPREME COURT DIRECTIVES Highest TRANSPARENCY be observed @MamataOfficial— Governor West Bengal Jagdeep Dhankhar (@jdhankhar1) July 13, 2020
While, the state’s BJP President, Dilip Ghosh suspected that he was murdered. “It is unfortunate that there is no law and order in Bengal. Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee has completely failed in maintaining law and order situation in Bengal. We are in touch with the local leaders and trying to get more details about the case,” Ghosh said. BJP state leadership has also demanded a CBI probe in the case.
Meanwhile, the local BJP leaders staged protests in the area and accused police of not investigating the matter.
“The suspected heinous killing of Debendra Nath Ray, BJP MLA from Hemtabad in West Bengal, is extremely shocking and deplorable,” National President of BJP, JP Nadda said on Twitter.
The suspected heinous killing of Debendra Nath Ray, BJP MLA from Hemtabad in West Bengal, is extremely shocking and deplorable. This speaks of the Gunda Raj & failure of law and order in the Mamta govt. People will not forgive such a govt in the future. We strongly condemn this.— Jagat Prakash Nadda (@JPNadda) July 13, 2020
The BJP vice president Jay Prakash Majumdar claimed that with the cruel killing of MLA Debendra Nath Ray - so far 105 BJP workers became martyrs in the hands of TMC goons in Bengal and senior party leaders Shiv Prakash and Arvind Menon questioned if MLA is not safe in Bengal and one can imagine the safety and security of common people in the state.
BJP MP Babul Supriyo said, “I don’t want to write much now. All I can say is that people of Bengal will respond to it soon. It is just a matter of time.” Once Mamata Banerjee’s close aid and now in BJP, Mukul Roy claimed that it is a ‘pre-planned murder’ and alleged that there is no democracy in West Bengal.
Refuting all allegations, the district (North Dinajpur) president of Trinamool Congress, Amal Acharya, said, “He was a good human being and I used to know him personally despite our political differences. I am personally devastated with the news. If it is a murder, I want a thorough investigation into the matter.”
In 2016, Debendra Nath Roy was elected to the West Bengal Legislative Assembly from Hemtabad as a member of the Communist Party of India (Marxist).
In May 2019, he along with Subhranshu Roy, Tushar Kanti Bhattacharya and more than 50 Councillors joined the BJP in the presence of senior BJP leaders Mukul Roy and Kailash Vijayvargiya.