The West Bengal unit of BJP on claimed that author Sushmita Banerjee, who was shot dead in Afghanistan by Taliban militants, was a "party member", but her family members said she was never associated with any political outfit.
A BJP press release said the party's women's wing held a mass meeting here in protest against the killing of "party member Sushmita Banerjee in Afghanistan by Islamic fundamentalists".
When contacted, Sushmita's brother Gopal Banerjee, however, said, "She was never a member of any political party."
Sushmita Banerjee, whose memoir Kabuliwalar Bangali Bou (A Kabuliwala's Bengali Wife) about her dramatic escape from the clutches of the Taliban was turned into a Bollywood film, was killed outside her home in eastern Paktika province on September 4 by the militants.
She was married to Afghan businessman Jaanbaz Khan and recently moved back to Afghanistan to live with him.