JIAGUNJ (MURSHIDABAD): The gruesome triple murder of an RSS sympathiser, his pregnant wife and their eight-year-old son two days ago took a political turn on Thursday after Bengal governor Jagdeep Dhankhar said the killings were “reflective of intolerance and worrisome law and order situation in the state”.
This prompted senior Trinamool minister Partha Chatterjee to retort that Dhankar was “selectively reacting” to incidents. Dhankhar has repeatedly engaged in bitter verbal duels with the Mamata Banerjee government over the state’s law and order issues.
Schoolteacher Bandhu Prakash Pal, 35, his pregnant wife Beauty Mondal Pal, 32, and son Angan, were found murdered at their home in Jiagunj on Tuesday.
Their milkman, who found the bodies, claimed the assailant was still lurking there when he found them, and fled in the commotion.
At first glance, it’s unclear if the murders have any political angle at all. The state RSS said Bandhu was merely a participant at their weekly ‘milan’ programme for the past two months. Even Murshidabad SP Mukesh Kumar ruled out any political motive, claiming that the victims’ kin told police that the family had no political affiliation.
His sister Bandhu Priya said: “He had cut off links with the family. Of late, we came to know that one of his friends had taken Rs 6 lakh from him and vanished.”
The governor, according to a Raj Bhavan release, has expressed displeasure at the way the state and police have responded to the incident, and has taken the matter up with state DGP Virendra and chief secretary Rajeeva Sinha .
TMC reacted sharply, with Chatterjee accusing Dhankhar of trying to divert attention from BJP’s internal feuds. “An unfortunate incident having its roots in family discord is being touted as a political murder,” he said.
The National Commission for Women has also written to the state “to investigate the matter on priority and ensure the arrest of culprits”.

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