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Behrampore: A journalist with a Bengali daily has been found dead in mysterious circumstances in Murshidabad district. His family alleges that he has been murdered for writing a news piece critical of a powerful political party and its local leader.

A WhatsApp message, purportedly sent by the journalist to some people in authority before his death, has also surfaced. In the text in Bengali, the scribe has written about feeling insecure after he was stopped by some masked men in the evening a few days and was threatened with murder.

Bhaskar Ghosh (34) was found hanging in a forested area at Salar’s Nabagram last evening. He was a resident of nearby Swarnahati village under Bharatpur police station in Murshidabad’s Kandi sub-division. Ghosh was working as a stinger with a Bengali daily for the past several years.

His younger brother Tanmay Ghosh said that Ghosh left home yesterday morning on his motorcycle to collect news. Around 5 in the afternoon the scribe had gone to his in-law’s house in a nearby village and left after having tea-snacks there.

With him not returning home till late in the evening, the family sounded an alarm. Ghosh was subsequently found hanging from a tree in a forested area about 10 km from his in-law’s house. There was no trace of his motorcycle.

Police retrieved the dead body in the night itself and sent it for post-mortem. The scribe’s widow Ipshita Ghosh today said that Ghosh was being threatened by a powerful political party leader for the past one week or so after he had written a news piece critical of them.

Ghosh had confided about this to a fellow scribe from another publication and had sent a WhatsApp message to some people in authority, the widow said. Ipshita alleged that her husband has been murdered and then hanged from a tree to make it appear a suicide. She, however, did not tell which news report had angered the political party.

Police have said that they have so far received only a verbal complaint from the scribe’s family alleging that he has been murdered. The cops are waiting for the post-mortem report to ascertain the exact cause of his death.