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West Bengal Governor Expresses Shock over Killing of Teacher, Family in Murshidabad, Seeks Report

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Last Updated: October 10, 2019, 19:24 IST

File photo of Bengal Governor Jagdeep Dhankar.

File photo of Bengal Governor Jagdeep Dhankar.

The bodies of Bondhu Gopal Pal, a 35-year-old primary school teacher and family were found lying in a pool of blood inside their residence at Jiaganj in Murshidabad district on Tuesday.

Kolkata: Expressing shock over the brutal killing of a school teacher and his family members in Murshidabad district, West Bengal Governor Jagdeep Dhankhar on Thursday said the incident reflects the law and order situation of the state.

A primary school teacher, his wife and 8-year-old son were hacked to death by "unidentified miscreants" inside their residence in West Bengal's Murshidabad district on Tuesday.

"I am shocked, distressed and pained at the inhuman brutal killing of a school teacher, his wife and his son in Murshidabad district. This is a critical reflection of the state of affairs and the law and order of West Bengal," Dhankhar told PTI.

Dhankhar said he has sought a report on the killing from the state government on an urgent basis. "I call upon the law enforcement agencies to pursue the culprits and bring them to book," he said.

The bodies of Bondhu Gopal Pal, a 35-year-old primary school teacher, his pregnant wife Beauty and son Angan were found lying in a pool of blood inside their residence at Jiaganj in Murshidabad district on Tuesday.

Meanwhile, the gruesome triple murder of a school teacher and his family in Murshidabad took on a political colour on Thursday with the BJP and its ideological mentor - the RSS claiming that the victim was their supporter.

The BJP and the RSS said though the primary school teacher Bandhu Gopal Pal was not their active member, but at times he had participated in the weekly 'milan' programmes organised by the Sangh. The police have declined to comment on whether Pal was a member of RSS or not.

The bodies of the 35-year-old teacher, his pregnant wife Beauty and 8-year-old son Angan were found lying in pools of blood in their house at Jiaganj in Murshidabad on Tuesday when the Durga Puja festivities were on. The three were murdered by unidentified misreants, a senior police officer said here on Wednesday.

BJP national spokesperson Sambit Patra in a tweet shared a video of the house in which blood stains could be seen on the floor. "Warning : Gruesome video. This has shaken my conscience ... a RSS worker Sh Bandhu Prakash Pal, his eight months pregnant wife & his kid were brutally slaughtered in West Bengals Murshidabad. Not a word by the liberals. Not a letter by 59 liberals to Mamata. Nauseating Selectivism!," Patra tweeted.

The Trinamool Congress declined to make any comment on the issue as the matter is under investigation.

Forty nine eminent personalities from across the country had written to Prime Minister Narendra Modi in July this year to take action against incidents of mob lynching in the country.

The police have started an investigation into the brutal killing and three persons have been detained. According to locals, the Pal family had moved to Jiaganj around five years ago.

The police officer said that prima facie it appears that the Pal family was murdered by unidentified miscreants on Monday night. When the locals did not see them at the local community puja pandal on Vijayadashami on Tuesday, they went to Pal's residence and found the door bolted from inside.

The people then informed the police, who broke open the door and found the three bodies lying in pools of blood, he added.

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first published:October 10, 2019, 17:49 IST
last updated:October 10, 2019, 19:24 IST
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