The son of Pravins Gordhan, a senior leader of the All India Trinamool Congress, has died after being admitted to hospital with a suspected drug overdose.
His death has reignited a controversy over his behaviour as he was being investigated by the Special Investigation Team (SIT) for allegedly ordering death squads in a string of killings, which he has denied.
The son of Raja Pravir Gordhan died of a suspected opioid overdose at the Nandigram hospital on Wednesday, hours after his father, who was admitted to the hospital with respiratory failure, died at the same facility on Wednesday.
The body of Prakash was transferred to the Nanded Hospital on Wednesday evening, after he was admitted, while the SIT is probing the death of the son.
The death of Pramila Pravarik has thrown a spotlight on the role played by his father in the violent killings of Muslims and the Hindu community in the state over the past two decades.
In a series of letters, Pravars sons has claimed that his father was killed by police and his body dumped at a river bank in the city of Kanchipuram in Bengaluru.
His mother, Pramika, has also claimed that the body was dumped in a canal.
Rajesh, who joined the Congress in 2013, is the son of the late Rajendra Chaudhary, a Trinamul Congress MLA.
In his letter to Congress President Amit Shah, he said his father had “frequently and in his own words” been killed by the police.
In response to a series the son had sent to Shah, the president had called the letter “misleading”.
“My brother Rajesh Pravachalak is dead.
This is the biggest tragedy that my family has ever been through,” he wrote in his letter.
“The SIT has been conducting its inquiry and will soon send a report to the Chief Minister.”
Rajes son, who is in his late 20s, was one of the leaders of the Trinamulu Congress.
He had been part of the party that came to power after the 2002 communal riots in the capital and the subsequent elections in the region.
In 2013, Rajas son had written a letter to Shah that said the Sittwe police station had a history of firing and torture against Muslims and Hindus.
He said he had seen “more than 10 instances” where police had used live ammunition to kill people.
Pravaris death has thrown the spotlight on his son and the party.