BJP activist shot dead in India's West Bengal

NEW DELHI (XINHUA) - An activist of the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) has been shot dead by unknown gunmen in the eastern Indian state of West Bengal, police said on Monday (May 27).

Thirty-six-year-old Chandan Sau was attacked on Sunday night in Bhatpara area of North 24 Parganas, about 33 km east of Kolkata, the capital city of West Bengal.

"Last night a person identified as Chandan Sau was fired upon from a point-blank range. Though he was rushed to the Bhatpara state general hospital, doctors there declared him brought dead," a police official said, adding, "Sau was returning home and intercepted by four men, who came on two motorbikes."

The death was reported a day after post-poll clashes erupted across West Bengal.

The state witnessed large-scale violence following a confrontation between workers of the ruling Trinamool Congress and BJP.

According to police, a case was registered and an investigation was ordered into the killing.

"We have started an investigation and assailants are yet to be identified," the police official said.

In this year's general elections, the BJP significantly improved its performance in West Bengal by bagging 18 out of the 42 parliamentary Lok Sabha seats. The Trinamool Congress won 22 seats.

In the last general elections, BJP had just two seats in West Bengal.

On Saturday, a close aide of BJP leader Smriti Irani was shot dead by unknown gunmen in the northern Indian state of Uttar Pradesh.

Ms Irani, the newly elected BJP lawmaker, defeated Congress party president Rahul Gandhi in Amethi constituency of Uttar Pradesh in the general elections.

The BJP under the leadership of Prime Minister Narendra Modi registered a victory by winning 303 seats at its own, and together with its allies in the National Democratic Alliance (NDA) has a strength of 353 lawmakers out of the total 542 in India's Parliament.