AGARTALA, Aug 6: The BJP is trying to wipe out multi-party democracy in Tripura, a group of pro-Left leaders said after visiting the state.
A fact-finding team comprising farmer and political leaders observed, “An undeclared Emergency-like situation prevails in Tripura ever since the BJP-IPFT alliance won the Assembly polls on March 3. Law and order has collapsed.” The seven-member team said in their report released to the media on Sunday evening, “Murder, dacoity, looting, arson and atrocities on women, minorities, Dalits, adivasis and the poor from all communities are rampant.”
The teams included Narmada Bachao Andolan (NBA) activist Medha Patkar, All India Kisan Sabha President and CPI-M leader Ashok Dhawale, All India Kisan Mahasabha General Secretary and CPI (ML) (Liberation) leader Rajaram Singh, CPI-M Rajya Sabha member K.K. Ragesh and three Tripura MPs – Jitendra Chowdhury, Sankar Prasad Datta and Jharna Das Baidya.
Medha Patkar said, “No action was taken by the administration and the police in spite of hundreds of FIRs having been filed by the victims of the hundreds of political violence. An atmosphere of fear and terror prevails in large parts of the state.” “The entire opposition in the state is being sought to be wiped out, with the Left being the main target, but other opposition parties like the Congress have also not been spared.”The fact-finding team said that after the BJP-IPFT (Indigenous People’s Front of Tripura) took power on March 3, ruling party goons poisoned over 40 fishing ponds, looted as many poultry farms and destroyed or burnt down 54 rubber gardens owned by Left party supporters.
According to the report, during the five-month rule of BJP-IPFT government, 112 incidents of rape, molestations and attacks on women occurred by the ruling party hoodlums. Another 1,047 Left activists, including 113 women, have suffered injuries after attacks by BJP, IPFT and RSS workers. “Around 633 offices of the CPI-M and Left parties have been burnt, attacked or captured. Close to 200 offices of the Left mass organisations have been attacked and nearly 150 have been forcibly occupied. Over 2200 houses belonging to Left party leaders and supporters were burnt down, demolished or ransacked.”
The ruling BJP rubbished the allegations. BJP spokesman Mrinal Kanti Deb said that when Medha Patkar spoke against the then Left Front government in Bengal, the Left leaders vehemently criticised her. Now they were using the NBA leader to secure political mileage. “Left parties are conspiring against the BJP government,” Claiming that there is no political violence in Tripura, the ruling BJP party on Monday rubbished the observation of a group of pro-Left leaders’ that lawlessness prevailed in the state.
Law and order situation is much better than it was during the Left’s 25-year rule,” said Pritima Bhowmik, BJP’s Tripura state general secretary. “Peace prevails in the state. The new government is pursuing a policy of zero tolerance against crime,” she said. “People had witnessed the worst-ever, post-poll violence after Assembly elections in 2008 and 2013. At least 11 BJP activists were killed before February 18 assembly elections. The four people were murdered due to property-related disputes,” said Bhowmik. On bulldozing of offices of various political parties, she said out of 423 party offices knocked down, 180 belonged to CPI-M, 151 to BJP, 23 to IPFT and 28 to Congress. “These offices were demolished as they were built on government land,” she said. (IANS)