Agartala: Pradyot Kishore Deb Barman, chairman of The Indigenous Progressive Regional Alliance (TIPRA), a socio-cultural organisation, has threatened to launch a massive movement against the state government if they fail to arrest the killers of Biswajit Debbarma, the fireman who was lynched during a clash that erupted over the resettlement of displaced Brus in Kanchanpur sub-division.
Speaking with EastMojo, Deb Barman said, “The way protestors killed Biswajit Debbarma is inhumane. People identified his community and killed him. If the government fails to arrest the people behind the murder of Debbarma, TIPRA will take its own course of action with massive movement.”
“Evidence in the form of videos and pictures are available over social media platforms. Why are the police and administration not taking any legal actions against them?” Deb Barman asked.
He also accused the CPIM, BJP and Congress political parties for supporting the movement and demanded action against them as well.
On Magisterial inquiry, he said, “I am not satisfied with the magisterial inquiry. Have any of us know of any outcome from any magisterial inquiry?”
BJP’s ruling ally Indigenous People’s Front of Tripura (IPFT) has placed a four-point charter of demands to the Block Development Officers across the state to be forwarded to chief minister Biplab Kumar Deb.
The demands of the IPFT include the immediate arrest of culprits involved in the murder case of late Biswajit Debbarma, financial assistance of Rs 25 lakh for his family, a government job to the next of kin, and general elections in the Tripura Tribal Areas Autonomous District Council (TTAADC) at the earliest.
The Joint Movement Committee consisting of Bengali and Mizo organisations had called for an indefinite strike, alleging breach of promise by the Tripura government in the resettlement of Bru migrants in Kanchanpur subdivision.
The protest turned violent on November 21 after protestors blockade National Highway 8 in Panisagar during which the police resorted to open firing. Two people, including Debbarma, died that day.
The state government on the same day announced a magisterial-level inquiry to be conducted by the North district magistrate Nagesh Kumar B and submit the report ‘within one month’. A sum of Rs 5 lakh would also be provided to the family of the deceased, the government said.