The former chief minister and leader of opposition Manik Sarkar has written a letter to chief minister Biplab Kumar Deb raising concern over four unnatural custodial deaths reported in the last nine months.
The letter made available to media persons on Tuesday reads, “any incident of unnatural death either in police custody or in jail is a matter of great concern and anguish. These are nothing but absolutely signs of gross violation of Human Rights.”
He also said that in a democracy, this act cannot be ignored or suppressed without taking appropriate measures against this sort of unthinkable incident.
The letter written on June 21 records four unnatural deaths, Mangal Das at RK Pur police lockup on October 31, 2019, death of Sushanta Ghosh in West Agartala police station lockup on January 12 last, Sandip Sarkar at Central Jail (Correctional Home) on January 28 and Sajaio Mog in Amarpur Jail on June 17.
“A team of 4 MLAs including Ratan Bhowmik, Jashbir Tripura, Prabhat Chowdhury and myself of Tripura Legislative Assembly belonging to CPIM visited the house of Late Mog on June 20. We spoke with his mother, younger brother, brother-in-law in the presence of villagers. They all appeared to be very angry and wanted to know how Sajaio Mog died in jail. They have demanded that the truth to be revealed and those responsible be punished”, Sarkar wrote in his letter to the chief minister.
Sarkar placed a four-point charter of demands which includes, a judicial inquiry to unearth the unnatural death of Sajaio Mog at Amarpur jail. Those Responsible should be identified and given an exemplary punishment. The government of Tripura may also include other three incidents of custodial deaths either in police custody or in jail.
To save the family of the deceased Sajaio Mog from starvation, the government should provide a suitable government job to the younger brother of the deceased. Sarkar also wants the government to provide government jobs to the nearest eligible kin of the other people who have died in custody.
The hierarchy and authority of Police and Jail should be cautioned and asked to be alert to prevent such unhappy occurrences. Visit to the Police Stations/Jail by the appropriate authority should be organised in a regular manner with all seriousness.
He further expressed hope that the Chief Minister would act in a positive manner for all these untoward incidents that took place in police lockup and correctional homes.
Earlier on January 13, Sarkar had written a letter to the chief minister demanding a judicial inquiry over the death of Sushanta Ghosh who died in West Agartala police station lockup, following which a judicial inquiry was announced by the chief minister.
The Law minister Ratan Lal Nath on January 21 last claimed that at least 15 people were killed in custody during the previous Left Front regime from 1994 to 2015 last. He alleged that the previous government did not take any action in any incident.