Midnapore: Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) on Saturday launched a blistering attack on Trinamool Congress, after a college student was allegedly lynched to death during a clash between student unions of Congress and the ruling party over felicitation of West Bengal Minister Soumen Kumar Mahapatra at a college at Sabang in West Midnapore district on Friday.
Speaking to news agency ANI, BJP leader national secretary Siddhartha Nath Singh criticised the TMC saying that Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee should break her silence on the issue and take action.
He accused the TMC youth wing of having 'jihadi mentality'.
The BJP leader demanded a Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) probe into the student killing case.
Five persons were arrested Friday evening in connection with the incident, a police officer said but did not reveal their political affiliations.
The five were apprehended in connection with the alleged lynching of Krishna Prasad Jana, a third year student of BA of Sabang College.
Both Chhatra Parishad, Congress's student wing, and Trinamool Congress Chhatra Parishad (TMCP) have claimed that Jana was their member.
District Congress president Bikash Bhuniya claimed the student had protested against felicitation of Mohapatra, West Bengal minister in-charge of water resources, and was beaten to death by TMCP.
Bhuniya said late night that police did not arrest the real culprits while the TMCP said the arrested men were not from the party.
TMCP district working president Prodyut Ghosh further claimed the student union was not involved in the clash.
"The clash was the result of internal feud within Chhatra Parishad," he said and claimed that four members of TMCP were hospitalised after it.
Mamata Banerjee described Jana's death as the "most unfortunate incident" and ordered police inquiry into the matter.