Three-year-old Bengal boy shot in the head still critical, no arrest so far

The incident has triggered a blame game between the BJP and Trinamool Congress leaders. The victim’s father has accused BJP activists of committing the crime.

Updated: Aug 31, 2018 17:00:55

By Sreyasi Pal

The boy’s parents have accused BJP activists of entering their house in Malda and shooting him. (AFP file/ Pic for representational purposes only)

A three-year-old boy who was shot in the head at his home in Malda district during the violence over the formation of Bengal’s rural boards continues to be in a critical condition.

Nobody has been arrested yet, despite the boy’s father lodging a complaint against 18 alleged BJP workers.

The boy was kept under observation at the intensive care unit of a nursing home after undergoing surgery on Thursday evening. Doctors said they will not be able to comment on his chances of recovery until another 72 hours have passed.

”The surgery took four hours. The boy is slowly moving his limbs, but not opening his eyes yet,” said Malda zilla parishad saha-sabhadhipati (vice-chairman) Gourchandra Mondal. A senior officer of the Manikchak police station stated that all the 18 accused are absconding.

Dulal Sarkar, working president of the Trinamool Congress’ Malda district unit, said state minister Subhendu Adhikari has instructed him to provide the “best-possible treatment” to the child. “The party will bear all the expenditure,” he added.

Although ruling party leaders wanted the boy shifted to a Kolkata hospital, they were advised against it in view of the boy’s critical condition.

Parimal Mondal, the boy’s father, has accused “BJP-backed goons” of the crime. “Around 3 pm, they entered our house and shot my son. When my wife, Putul, tried to save the boy, they attacked her too. They also snatched a silver chain from her neck,” he alleged.

The incident has triggered a blame game between the BJP and Trinamool Congress leaders.

The two parties were tied at nine votes for the post of pradhan in the local gram panchayat. The BJP eventually won the two positions of pradhan and deputy pradhan in a lottery held to break the tie.

Although Putul had won the Ramnagar seat as a BJP candidate, she joined the Trinamool Congress during the panchayat board formation. Sarkar said she had become a part of the ruling party to ensure the region’s development.

Sanjit Mishra, the BJP president of Malda district, denied charges of his party’s involvement in the incident. “Putul Mondal was promised Rs 5 to 7 lakh by the Trinamool Congress. However, when she went to claim it, the ruling party refused to pay because she had not succeeded in forming the board,” he said.

First Published: Aug 31, 2018 16:58:50


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