Agartala: Chief Minister Biplab Kumar Deb in the State Assembly on Friday tabled the magisterial inquiry report of the police firing on a mob on January 8 that injured six persons picketing on the national highway at Madhabbari area under Jirania sub-division of West Tripura district.
On January 8, a group of people gathered on the national highway in support of the bandh call given by North East Students’ Association protesting against the proposed Citizenship Amendment Bill. Some elements in the crowd got unruly and that’s when police had to resort to firing to contain the crowd.
The inquiry report was filed within one month and 20 days and many members of the Treasury bench applauded the role of government for early submission of the report. The investigation conducted by the District Magistrate of West Tripura District found some faults on the parts of the police, but at the same time, held the agitators responsible for their provocative activities.
The report said despite adequate number of security forces, the SDPO (Jirania) failed to deploy them effectively. It said the agitators ransacked and burnt some roadside shops and set fire to gas cylinders, which created panic among the local villagers, said Deb adding that during the protest, another group of people gathered in a corner of Madhabbari and started unruly activities.
He added that to control the mob violence and unruly activities, police was forced to open fire, which injured some people. Deb said without prior permission, blockading a National Highway will never be acceptable and such kind of activities will be dealt with firmly. He informed the House that despite imposition of section-144, the SDPO (Jirania) had also failed to effectively deploy the security forces and he had to face legal action for his failure.
Deb also informed the House, among the injured persons, one Prahar Debbarma suffered a lot due to negligence in treatment and investigation revealed that one Dr Abhishek Majumder was responsible for the negligence. Departmental proceeding was initiated against the errant doctor and legal action would be taken, said Deb.
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