Kolkata | Jagran News Desk: In a shocking a Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) MLA was found dead outside his home in North Dinajpur district in West Bengal. Debendra Nath Ray, the MLA from the Hemtabad assembly segment, was found hanging outside his home, said the police.

Ray’s family has alleged that he was murdered and have demanded an inquiry. The BJP has also alleged that Ray has been murdered and accused the ruling Trinamool Congress behind the crime. The party has also claimed that “people are of the clear opinion that he was first killed and then hung”, adding that joining the BJP was his “only crime”.

“We demand CBI inquiry into the killing of BJP MLA from Hemtabad, Debendra Nath Ray. Trinamool Congress is behind this killing and has made it look like a suicide. I request West Bengal CM to order CBI inquiry to find the truth behind the killing,” news agency ANI quoted West Bengal BJP leader Rahul Sinha as saying.

Calling the killing of Ray "extremely shocking and deplorable", BJP chief JP Nadda said that the Mamata Banerjee-led TMC government has failed to maintain the law and order in the state. "The suspected heinous killing of Debendra Nath Ray, BJP MLA from Hemtabad in West Bengal, is extremely shocking and deplorable. This speaks of the Gunda Raj and failure of law and order in the Mamta government," he tweeted. 

Meanwhile, West Bengal Governor Jagdeep Dhankhar has also expressed his concerns over the “political violence” in the state and said the Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee has shown “no signs of abating”.

“Political violence and vendetta Mamata Banerjee shows no signs of abating. Death of Debendra Nath Roy, Hemtabad MLA-Uttar Dinajpur District, raises serious issues including allegations of murder. Need for thorough impartial probe to unravel truth and blunt political violence,” he said in a tweet.

Ray was a senior BJP leader and had contested and won the Hemtabad assembly segment -- a reserved seat for Scheduled Castes -- on a CPI(M) ticket. He, however, had switched over to the BJP last year after the Lok Sabha polls.

Posted By: Aalok Sensharma