Just a day after Trinamool Congress (TMC) leader and Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee’s nephew Abhishek Banerjee said that he would make West Bengal’s Purulia opposition free, an 18-year-old Dalit boy was found hanging from a tree in the district barely 200 meters away from his house. The boy, identified as Trilochan Mahato, was a worker of the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP), which had performed well in Purulia against the ruling TMC in the recent panchayat polls. He was the son of a local BJP leader.
The BJP had won in all seven panchayats in Balarampur block of Purulia, a stronghold of Trinamool Congress. On the front and back of the boy’s shirt was a message – “You deserve to die for doing politics and working for BJP”. Near the boy’s body was a poster, which read – “You have been working for BJP at this age. We have been trying to kill you since elections and today we killed you.”