Trinamool Congress (TMC) leader Satyan Chowdhury was shot dead by unidentified assailants in West Bengal’s Baharampur.
The incident happened on Sunday afternoon when Chowdhury, general secretary of the Murshidabad party, was sitting outside the construction site with his relatives.
A group of people arrived on bicycles and opened fire near Chowdhury, which resulted in his death on arrival at a local hospital.
Research and conflict
Police have opened an investigation into the murder. TMC chief and TMC leader Mamata Banerjee accused the Congress and CPM of plotting Satyan Chowdhury’s murder to create unrest in the state ahead of the 2024 Lok Sabha elections. However, denying the allegations, a retired CPM Murshidabad district secretary Jamir Mollah said:
The horrific incident has fueled the ongoing debate on political violence in West Bengal, which has been a perennial problem in the state for decades. The state experienced several episodes of violence before independence and continues to face political violence during elections and election-related events.
The recent panchayat elections in West Bengal saw a high number of people killed in violence, with the death toll reaching 52. The shooting of Trinamool Congress leader Satyan Chowdhury in West Bengal highlights the persistent problem of political violence in the state. The incident sparked controversy and allegations, with the TMC accusing the Congress and the CPM of the murder. As the state prepares for the 2024 Lok Sabha elections, it remains to be seen whether the situation will improve or whether political violence will continue to be a major concern.