Tripura: CPI-M delegation meets acting DGP, seeks protection for party leaders
Agartala: A three-member delegation of CPI-M on Saturday met with the acting director general of police (DGP), Rajiv Singh to complain against the alleged series of attacks over their party leaders and workers across the state.
The delegation, led by the CPIM state secretary Goutam Das, pointed out the details of the incidents that took place in the last 31 months of the present government.
Later in a press conference at the party headquarters, Das said that the delegation met with the acting DGP to place a deputation with a list of demands including action against those accused of attacking the opposition party workers, restoring the rule of law in the state.
“We have handed over the details of all the incidents that took place in the last 31 months since 3 March, 2018 after the BJP-IPFT party came into power. We have demanded to ensure safety for the opposition party to hold programs and rallies, control the crime against women, security arrangements for the party functionaries like MLAs, MPs during their movement outside Agartala," Das said.
The CPIM delegation informed the acting police chief that a total of 14 CPIM party workers were killed, over 2420 people including 236 women were physically assaulted and 2656 persons were attacked in which 383 people had to be admitted in the hospital, while some have become paralyzed for life.
Besides, 139 CPIM party offices were gutted, 346 were either looted or vandalized and 60 were locked. Around 172 offices affiliated to the left party were captured forcefully. Around 1,748 houses of party workers were vandalized, 187 shops were gutted and 375 were either looted or locked, Das added
Speaking further Das said that they have demanded security arrangements in the Tripura Tribal Areas Autonomous District Council (TTAADC) ahead of election to ensure free and fair polls.
“The Tripura police have not arrested a single person involved behind the series of attacks over the opposition CPIM. We demand action against those miscreants and security for the leaders of the opposition including former legislators and parliamentarians immediately”, Das added.
The former MP, Jitendra Choudhury said that the police chief has accepted that incidents are taking place after giving him evidence of the incidents which have taken place with names, details.
“We do not seek any additional favour, but in a democratic country all the people and political parties must be given the right to express in a democratic country," Choudhury said.
He also said that the administration, police being the second and third pillar of democracy have to follow the govt orders but to implement the law the police is not bound to listen in everything by ignoring their responsibility.
The CPIM leaders also condemned the remarks of the chief minister extending their solidarity towards the section of journalists who are protesting against the alleged threat to the media.