CPI(M)’s first public meet marred by violence

A correspondent
Agartala, May 25: The first public meet of the CPI (M) after a humiliating defeat in the State Assembly election was marred by violence at Belonia, where several party workers including one MLA and two front-line leaders sustained injuries.
However, the sit-in demonstration in all other sub-divisions including Agartala passed off peacefully.
The demonstration was organised to protest against the ongoing move of the State government that demolished offices of the political party and their affiliated organisations which were built on government lands.
Over one hundred offices, so far, have been demolished across the State and the CPI (M), which ruled the State for last 25 years, were the worst sufferer.
The party workers had organised a procession before the mass sit-in demonstration at Belonia in South Tripura district. They alleged that some BJP workers had prevented them from organizing the demonstration, resulting in a clash between both the parties.
During the clash several persons including MLA Sudhan Das, CPI (M) sub-division committee secretary Tapash Datta and a senior leader Trilokesh Sinha sustained injuries.
Superintendent of Police Pradip Dey, while admitting that the tension was prevailing in the town, said the situation is under control.
In Agartala, the sit-in demonstration was organised at Orient Chowmuhani area where all senior leaders of the party including the former Chief Minister Manik Sarkar and CPI (M) State secretary Bijon Dhar also participated.
This was the CPI (M)’s first major public programme since they lost power in the recent Tripura Assembly election.
Addressing the gathering, Manik Sarkar came down heavily on the BJP-led coalition government and termed the demolition move an autocratic step by the ruling government.
He also threatened that the party would seek legal redress and compensation for the demolition of the offices.
He said the new government has totally failed in keeping the tall promises they had made before the election.
Sarkar alleged that all the employment-generation schemes of the government remain suspended since the new government came to power, causing serious problem for the people.
Sarkar, who is now the leader of the opposition in the State assembly, also visited Belonia and Subroom in South Tripura district on Thursday to see how the CPI (M)’s party offices were demolished in different places.