Siliguri: The presiding officer of a Panchayat poll booth in North Dinajpur district, who had been missing since the voting ended on Monday, is dead.
Family members of the presiding officer Rajkumar Roy today morning identified the mutilated dead body that was found by the railway line at Sonadangi area in Raiganj yesterday evening as that of Roy. Police also found Roy’s photo identity card and his mobile phone from near the dead body.
A preliminary investigation has tracked that till 3.24 pm yesterday Roy’s mobile phone was at Raiganj College Para, which is about 1 km from Sudarshanpur where he lived. Police suspect that it could either be the case that his dead body was at the location until that time or he was alive and then moved towards Sonadangi.
BJP state president Dilip Ghosh has said that he has specific information that the presiding officer Roy was abducted from the polling booth at Sonapur FP School in Itahar block because he resisted booth capturing and false voting by Trinamool. “This is a clear case of abduction and murder by Trinamool terrorists,” he said.
The state administration has ordered a CID probe into the mysterious death of the presiding officer even as hundreds of polling officials resorted to a massive agitation at Raiganj since this morning demanding a CBI probe.
The aggrieved polling officials blocked the Ghari More at Raiganj town for hours choking traffic movement in the town. Failing to persuade them to withdraw the blockade, the police made a retreat and the Raiganj SDO TN Sherpa stepped in.
Sherpa’s intervention aggravated the situation further. The agitating polling officials heckled the SDO when he said that the cause of death of the presiding officer is yet to be ascertained and that this could even be a case of suicide. Water was poured on the SDO and shoes were hurled over this remark.
The deceased presiding officer was a teacher of Rahatpur High Madrasah at Domohona under Karandighi police station area. He was a native of Kantivita village at Phansidewa off Siliguri but used to stay at Sudarshanpur at Raiganj in connection with his job.
His father Priyanath Roy is a retired school teacher and mother Annada Roy is a homemaker. His younger brother Hemantakumar Roy is former gram panchayat member of CPI-M at Phansidewa.
As the news of Roy’s aberrant demise reached his native place today, a pall of gloom descended on the village. Almost the entire village assembled at the Roy household, mourning the death of the “good boy who never did anything unjust to others nor tolerated any injustice.”
Roy had done MA and then B.Ed before joining as a government teacher some eight years ago.
As Roy’s bereaved mother relentlessly wails over the demise of her “Raju”, a reporter asked what she wants from the Mamata Banerjee government over this death. “What can I ask of the government? Can you bring my son back to me?”