Asansol: The bereaved family of a BJP worker in Bengal, killed allegedly by Trinamool-backed miscreants, has turned down Rs 5-lakh aid extended by the saffron party.
Sandip Ghosh, a young BJP worker, was shot dead by a gang of miscreants at Kaksa in West Burdwan district on 10 December when he was returning home after attending a BJP organisational meeting.
A BJP delegation comprising Asansol BJP MP and Union minister Babul Supriyo and senior leader Mukul Roy and others went to Ghosh’s residence at Kaksa today to extend condolences to the bereaved family.
During this, minister Supriyo offered an Rs 5-lakh cheque to Ghosh’s father Bijoy Ghosh as an aid from the BJP. But to the embarrassment of the minister, the bereaved father outright refused to accept the money.
To salvage the situation, Supriyo extended the cheque to Ghosh’s mother Pratima Ghosh and then his elder sister Laxmi Mondal but they too refused to accept it.
The bereaved father explained why the family does not want the money. “We don’t want politics to be played out of our son’s murder. I have had enough of politics already.”
Facing the refusal in front a crowd and media persons, Supriyo then announced that BJP will fix deposit the amount in the name of Ghosh’s minor nephew (sister’s son) so that it supports his education in the future. The family did not react to the announcement.
Laxman Ghorai, president of BJP West Burdwan district committee, has alleged that Trinamool has assured the family of Ghosh giving Rs 20-lakh and that is why they have turned down the Rs 5-lakh aid from BJP.
“Police and ruling party cadres are also exerting pressure on the bereaved family to maintain a distance from BJP,” he said. The family has rejected the charges.
BJP is keen on highlighting the murder of Ghosh as the prime suspect, incidentally, happens to be a Muslim by faith.