“Five doctors have conducted the post-mortem and concluded that Dulal Kumar died of asphyxia ante-mortem by suicidal hanging,” Purulia SP Aakash Maghariya said in a press conference on Sunday.
On Saturday, the 30-year-old BJP worker from Purulia’s Balarampur was found hanging from an electric pylon. This was the second death of a BJP worker in Purulia district in a span of four days. Earlier on Wednesday, a Dalit BJP worker named Trilochan Mahato was found hanging from a tree in the same district.
The BJP, however, rejected the post-mortem report and termed the deaths “political killings”. The saffron party called a 12-hour shutdown in the area and all roads leading to Kumar’s village were blocked by the police.
“This was a cold-blooded, calculated murder. The Trinamool Congress (TMC) wants to terrorise BJP supporters like Dulal Kumar and Trilochan Mahato, who was found hanging on Wednesday,” NDTV quoted a BJP supporter as saying.
“TMC MP Abhishek Banerjee has already sent out a warning that he would make Purulia opposition free. This is what the TMC has set out to do,” added another BJP worker.