Opposition Leader and former chief minister Manik Sarkar (third from left) addressing a press conference in Agartala Credit: File Image

Agartala: Former chief minister and leader of Opposition, Manik Sarkar on Monday wrote a letter to state chief minister, Biplab Kumar Deb, opposing three recent decisions of the state home department.

Sarkar, in his letter to the chief minister, expressed dissatisfaction over the decision to give relaxation of five years in appointment of Director General of Police (DGP), annulment of the directorate and recruitment of special police officers (SPOs) instead of Tripura State Rifles (TSR) and civil police.

“Director General of Police is the top-most and very important post of police administration. For appointment in these posts, standing norms are there which are being followed across the country since long,” the letter reads.

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The letter also cited that following the appeal and request of the government of Tripura, the Supreme Court of India has relaxed some of the norms in appointment of stat DGP, including reduction of five years and for one time only.

He also said that this decision may create confusion in the society.

The post of DGP is laying vacant since February 1, following the retirement DGP AK Shukla on January 31 last.

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Sarkar further informed that the decision of the state government to disband the Directorate of Tripura will also create adverse impact on a large section of the society.

Thousands of posts are lying vacant in Civil Police and the TSR which need urgent recruitment. The posts of SPOs were created long back to help the police, security forces to combat extremist activities.

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He also questioned the state government on how these steps would help the government and the police to strengthen policing and tackle deteriorating law-and-order situation.

Sarkar opposed all the three decisions of the government and requested the chief minister, who is also the state home minister, to rethink about all these decisions instead of giving any wrong and negative message to the society.

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