RAIGANJ, Dec. 24, 2008: Md Arsad Ali (43), the secretary of North Dinajpur unit of Citu-affiliated Federation of West Bengal Bidi Tobacco workers union and CPI(M) Dalkhola zonal committe member was killed by congress anti-socials last night.
He was a resident of Kamartore village under Karandighi police station of North Dinajpur. At around 10.30 p.m. he was returning home riding a bike when anti-socials attacked him near Vurri village. They hit him on the head with an iron rod and he died on the spot. The CPI(M) and CITU leaders of North Dinajpur district alleged that Congress supporters killed him.
In protest against the killing, both the CPI(M) and CITU called a 12-hour bandh in Katandighi police station areas on 26 December. The secretary of North Dinajpur CITU committee and one of the district secretariat members of North Dinajpur CPI(M), Mr Subir Biswas, said: "Two anti-socials who were Congress members of Karandighi, were arrested and we have a report that a group of Congress members killed him with sharp weapons. Demanding the immediate arrest of all the accused Congress members, we will organise a 12-hour bandh in Karandighi police station areas on 26 December. If they are not arrested, will start a vigorous agitation against both the police and the Congress.
The Police Super of North Dinajpur district, Mr Shankar Singha said: "One Mangal Mahanta and Budhia Singh of Karandighi who were allegedly Congress members have been arrested for this killing and investigation into the incident has started."