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Siliguri: A CPI-M leader has been found dead, while a cadre of the party’s student wing SFI has been shot at by unidentified miscreants in North Dinajpur district.

This at a time when the district is already charged by political violence ever since two students died of bullet injury during a police-student clash at Darvit village at Islampur.

Residents of Hemanpur village under Dalkhola police station area spotted CPI-M leader Lutfar Haque’s dead body in a canal near the village today morning. Haque was a former deputy head of Dalkhola-I Gram Panchayat and had lost to the Trinamool candidate by marginal votes in the last Panchayat polls held in May.

His body was lying in the canal with blood marks in the face and ears. On being informed, a team from Dalkhola police station went to retrieve the body for post-mortem. But the villagers at once resorted to an agitation demanding that sniffer dogs must be brought and senior police officers should remain present while retrieving the dead body.

They alleged that despite repeated murders of opposition political leaders and workers in North Dinajpur since the Panchayat elections, the police have failed to take preventive measures.

The agitation continued for hours until senior police officers went to the spot and assured that the investigation will be conducted expeditiously.

A police officer said that it is not clear whether it is a murder or Haque died due to some other reason, such as an accidental fall into the canal. He said that police will wait for the post-mortem report for a clue.

In an unrelated incident, a cadre of CPI-M’s student wing SFI was shot in the right arm last night at Naogach village under Chopra police station in the same North Dinajpur district.

Azizur Rehma, a third-year undergraduate student at Islampur College, was returning home from market when motorcycle-borne miscreants shot at him from a close range.

People of the area rushed in hearing Rehman’s cry for help took him to a local hospital. Rehman later relocated to the North Bengal Medical College and Hospital last night.

It is not yet clear whether miscreants attacked the SFI cadre due to political rivalry or due to some other reason.