Violence broke out in Howrah on Tuesday evening after a TMC youth leader Dharmendra Singh was reportedly shot dead by two bike-borne assailants. Singh, the victim, who was in his early 40s was returning home from work on Tuesday evening, when two unidentified gunmen shot him outside Shalimar railway station in West Bengal’s Howrah district.
"He was on a motorbike with another person. Unknown miscreants on bikes shot him from point blank range. Doctors declared him brought dead after he was taken to a hospital. We are investigating the matter," a police officer said.
The other person who was on the motorbike with Singh was also injured in the incident.
As the news of Dharmendra Singh’s death spread, his supporters took to the streets at Shibpur and set motorcycles on fire and vandalized buses and shops, sending locals of that area into a panic.
A huge police force was sent hastily to the area but the vandalism continued for a couple of hours before the situation was brought under control around 8pm, according to officials.
Arup Roy, Howrah Trinamool Congress leader has hinted at a conspiracy behind the attack. While police say there may be a personally enmity, Mr Roy suggested that since the victim was shot in the head, there could be inconspicuous reasons behind the murder. When asked if the opposition has any role in the shooting, he said that he will not comment on that until the investigation is over.
The police have begun an investigation into the case. CCTV footage is now being examined.