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Siliguri: The family of deceased Panchayat poll presiding officer Rajkumar Roy has refused to accept Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee’s conclusion that he died on being knocked down by a speeding train.

The family, based at Kantivita village at Phasnidewa off Siliguri town, has also said that it doesn’t have faith on the CID investigation ordered by the state administration.

Roy’s mother, Annada Roy, today told reporters that her son has definitely been murdered and that a CBI probe is a must to nab his murders as there could be a political angle involved in the crime.

“My son was honest and a fearless man. He will never commit suicide. My suspicion is that he was called out of the polling booth in North Dinajpur by someone or some section of people and then murdered. I want justice.  I want a CBI probe,” said the aged mother hardened by the shock.

She said that it could be the case that her son was first murdered and then through on the railway line to make it appear a suicide or accident. “He had called us up on 14 May early evening and had told that it will be midnight for him to return to his rented house at Raiganj. There was nothing unusual in his voice.”

The reaction from the bereaved family comes after Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee told newspersons in Kolkata yesterday that Roy was knocked down by the Radhikapur Express off Raiganj town and that the matter was reported to the Dalkhola Government Railway Police by the driver of the train on 15 May.

The CM had also maintained that Roy could not complete his duty as the presiding officer of a polling booth at Sonapur FP School in Itahar block as he left early due to “a severe headache” and his task was completed by a substitute.

BJP state president Dilip Ghosh, however, alleged on 16 May itself that Roy was dragged out of the polling booth and then murdered by Trinamool cadres because he resisted their bid to cast false votes.


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