Kolkata: In a shocking development, the CPI (M) MLA from Basirhat North constituency, Mustafa Bin Quasem reportedly committed suicide on Sunday after jumping from the fourth floor of MLA hostel building in North 24 Parganas district.

Commissioner of Police, R K Pachnanda said, “At 6 pm, we got the information that an MLA has jumped from  MLA hostel building  situated in Kid Street’s. The police reached the spot immediately and found Quasem drenched in a pool of blood. He was rushed to Kolkata Medical College where the doctors declared him brought dead.”

He received injuries on his head, hands and legs, the police said.

Quasem was first elected to the state Assembly in 1977 from the Baduria seat of North 24 Parganas district. The reasons behind the extreme step taken by a veteran legislator are yet to be ascertained. Although the suicide note found from the spot mentrions about his illness and  depression.

The news of the MLA’s suicide has left the political leaders shell-shocked. Following the incident, Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee along with Industry Minister Partha Chatterjee, senior CPI-M leader Robin Dev and Assembly speaker for 29-years Hashim Abdul Halim visited the spot.

Expressing grief over the death of the MLA, Mamata has ordered probe into the matter.

Meanwhile, Partha Chatterjee expressed sorrow over the tragedy and said, “A suicide note has been found from the deceased. The police carrying out an investigation into the matter. Directions have been issued to handle the details of the death to the CM. The reasons behind the death will be ascertained only after the investigation.”

Notably, the 15th Assembly session is commencing from Monday, however, the death of an MLA has left everybody in state of shock.

Quasem was first elected to the West Bengal Assembly in 1977 from Baduria and then again in 1991, 1996, 2001 and 2006 from the Swaroop Nagar assembly seat. Despite the Trinamool Congress wave, he was elected for the sixth term from Basirhat Uttar in North 24 Parganas.

Meanwhile Banerjee said that she could have helped Quasem in his treatment had she been informed but he died before she could be introduced to him in the new Assembly.

The chief minister expressed her condolence to the bereaved family and asked the administration to accord him due honour and respect.

"If we receive any suggestion from the CPI(M), we will do the needful," Banerjee said.


JPN/Bureau