Building material supplier and real estate promoter Sujit Bal, 40, was murdered inside a Trinamul office in Sodepur on Monday evening.
Trinamul leaders denied his association with the ruling party but insiders confirmed that he has been a member for the past eight years.
Sujit was watching television inside the party office in Sodepur’s Amravati when four men arrived on two motorbikes around 5.30pm and barged in.
“The assailants attacked Sujit with a chopper, inflicting deep gashing wounds on his head and right hand. He could offer no resistance to the sudden attack. The victim slumped in the chair, bleeding profusely. Before leaving the spot, the assailant fired a shot. The bullet pierced Sujit’s head and he died instantly,” said an officer of Khardah police station.
The police have found the chopper and the bullet shell at the Trinamul office.
“Sujit took a bullet in his head and was attacked with a chopper too. We have registered a case and started an investigation,” said C. Sudhakar, deputy commissioner of the detective department, Barrackpore commissionerate.
An investigating officer said one of the many factions within the party vying to control the lucrative building material business and construction projects in Sodepur could be behind the murder.
“Construction is a booming business in the Panihati municipal area and most of the people involved are associated with the ruling party in some way or the other. There are several factions in the party, one of which may have been behind the murder,” said an officer.
Sujit was known as a Trinamul worker in the area but senior leaders in Sodepur denied his association with the party. “He was not a member of our party. Many people come to the party office to ask for assistance. We do not know all of them,” said Nirmal Ghosh, Trinamul observer for North 24-Parganas.
Sources in Trinamul confirmed that Sujit had joined the party eight years ago.
He was allegedly involved in illegal construction and supply of building materials. “Sujit would spend hours at the party office as his house was opposite to it. We often saw him conducting business sitting there. Many of his boys would go there to meet him. Many senior leaders knew this too,” said a Trinamul leader in Sodepur.
Sources confirmed that Sujit was active in the party’s election campaigns in 2011 and 2014.