From a correspondent
Agartala, Oct 16 : The Tripura Upajati Gamukti Parishad (GMP), the tribal wing of the ruling CPI(M), expressed grave concern over the growing violence in the State and the role of the State police, a section of which is apparently conniving with the opposition political forces specially the Indigenous Peoples’ Front of Twipra (IPFT).
A delegation led by its president Jitendra Choudhury, MP, and general secretary Radha Charan Debbarma, who is also the Chief Executive Member of the Tripura Tribal Areas Autonomous District Council (TTAADC), met the Director General of Police Akhil Kumar Shukla on Sunday and submitted a memorandum. The GMP reviewed the situation in the State following a series of violent incidents that took place since September 19 and observed that in many places police remained ictive in curbing such incidents.
The memorandum demanded immediate identification of the renegades among the police officials and appropriate action against them. The delegation members also med some of the police officers who are conniving with the IPFT.
The outburst of the ruling CPI (M)’s leading front has raised many eyebrows, as the way they criticized the police is unprecedented. It may be mentioned here that the home port folio is held by the Chief Minister Manik Sarkar and the police force is directly under his control.
The violent incidents started when the IPFT supporters prevented large number of vehicles proceeding towards Agartala with GMP supporters to attend a state level rally on September 19. They damaged over 50 vehicles in Khowai and Jirania area and more than 100 GMP supporters were assaulted.
The violent incidents continued for 3/4 days during which a TV jourlist Shantanu Bhowmik was killed and the driver of a car Jiban Debth was abducted and yet to be traced. Besides, several CPI (M) party offices were either gutted or ransacked by the IPFT supporters. Talking to reporters, Jitendra Choudhury said that they had informed the police who assured full protection, but no action was taken when IPFT supporters attacked them.