KOLKATA/PURULIA: A 48-year-old Pannihati councillor was shot in his head when he had stopped out to buy medicines for his pet dog in Agarpara on Sunday evening. Anupam Dutta, a two-time councillor, died before he could be taken to hospital.
This incident came close on the heels of a 52-year-old four-time Jhalda councillor Tapan Kandu being shot by unidentified miscreants when he was out for his evening walk. Kandu died before he could be taken to a Ranchi hospital.
According to TMC sources, Dutta had bought the medicines and was returning home on foot when two motorcycle-borne miscreants intercepted him. Sources said there were four assailants who shot at Dutta from close range thrice. Two bullets hit Dutta in the head and shoulder. Dutta slumped due to the near fatal injuries.
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Pannihati MLA Partha Bhowmik said, “We want the killers to be arrested, whoever they are. There are CCTV footages and police is working on the case. I have also spoken to police and urged immediate action. We have our faith in the administration.”
Kandu isn’t only a four-time councillor but also the former chairperson and vice-chairperson of the Jhalda municipality. While Kandu won the ward 2, his wife Purnima won ward number 12. Kandu, according to sources, was intercepted by motorcycle-borne assailants who stopped him and fired three rounds from proximity. The assailants fled towards Bagmundi. Two bullets hit him on his head and neck.
The Congress district president Nepal Mahato has declared a 12-hour bandh in Purulia, Jhalda and Raghunathpur municipalities.