Kolkata: Arjun Singh, BJP MP from Bengal's Barrackpore, on Saturday (October 10) alleged that the Kolkata Police is "plotting" to frame him in Manish Shukla's murder case.

Arjun Singh said, “I got hold of a chat of senior CID officers where they were discussing whether Arjun Singh has been framed. Going by this conversation, I am sure they (CID officers) are conspiring to frame me in the case.”

BJP councilor Manish Shukla, who was a close aide of Singh, was shot dead in Titagarh on October 4.

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The BJP lawmaker accused the CID of not nabbing the "culprits" who are "roaming freely" in the area.

Barrackpore MLA Shilbhadra Dutta is also targeted by Arjun Singh. Coincidentally, Shilbhadra has been in Gurugram for treatment since the day before the murder of Manish Shukla. Arjun said, “I am not saying that Shilbhadra is associated with this incident. I think he left the area knowing the plan to kill Manish. His phone has been off since then. This is how everything is becoming clear.”

Dismissing Arjun's allegations, Shilbhadra said, "I cannot understand why Arjun Singh said this statement. My phone was never off. I have spoken to many journalists on the phone since the incident.”

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Senior Trinamool Congress leader Nirmal Ghosh dismissed Singh''s claims and said, “The investigation agency is doing its best and Shukla's murderers and the conspirators behind the killing will soon be behind the bars.”

"We have better things to do rather than reacting to what Arjun Singh is saying. He is a ''bahubali'' (strongman) in the area. The CID is on the right track. Soon, people behind this murder will be brought to the book," Ghosh added.

According to sources, the CID sleuths are planning to go to Bihar's Nalanda in search of other people involved in Shukla's murder.