Agartala: Former chief minister Manik Sarkar on Sunday expressed his displeasure against the frequent mob attacks taking place and slammed the BJP-IPFT government for failing to maintain the law and order across the state.
Speaking with reporters, Sarkar said that the Left-Front would knock on the door of the Prime Minister and President of India as both the chief minister and governor Ramesh Kumar Bais have failed to control the violence in the state.
“Since June 28, 2019, till June 25, 2021, a total of nine incidents have taken place. Few managed to escape mob attacks, while many were killed. We have also not noticed custodial deaths in Udaipur, West Agartala police stations, Central Jail, Amarpur sub-jail and in Kamlapur,” Sarkar said.
He also questioned the chief minister for his silence over the incident.
“The government, especially the home minister and chief minister have not given his reaction to this incident nor the director-general of police, which is not a good sign. Many such incidents have taken place in the past, we have given our reaction in some cases,” Sarkar added.
The veteran CPIM leader served the state as chief minister for 20 years until 2018 when the BJP-IPFT alliance won the state elections.
Speaking further, he questioned whether any steps have been taken or if anyone was arrested by the police. He also asked if the victim’s families received any assistance.
“The role of the state government shows that it has failed to deliver justice to the families. The silence of the government reveals that they have become a silent spectator.
He said that nobody supports mob lynching and urged the state government to conduct the investigation in all these case and deliver justice, adding, “There is a need for an awareness campaign to stop such incidents.”
The former chief minister also highlighted the incidents that took place since the assembly election in 2018.
“The deputy opposition leader Badal Choudhury was attacked on several occasions which were condemned by the chief minister in the state assembly. However, the opposition MLAs are not being allowed to visit their constituency, The incidents have continued even after the assurance of the governor on May 13 last,” Sarkar alleged.
He also said that since March 3 after the statement made by the chief minister, a total of 200 physical attacks have taken place. After the governor’s assurance around 70 to 75 incidents occurred.
“After March 3, 152 incidents including ransoms, looting and pressure to pay money were made and 62 incidents have taken place after the governor’s assurance. A total of 17 party offices of CPIM were vandalized,” Sarkar added.
Sarkar further said that the opposition party workers are not allowed to hold rallies or even provide COVID relief to the needy.
“The BJP is responsible for all these incidents and the police are being controlled by the ruling party leaders. This should be stopped immediately. People will not tolerate such undemocratic ruling,” Sarkar added.
Meanwhile, the family members of the trio who were killed on suspicion of being cattle smugglers at Maharnipur area under Khowai district held a sit-in protest in front of Kalyanpur police station demanding a fair and speedy investigation in the matter.
The deceased persons were identified as Jayed Hossain (30), Billal Miah (28), and Saiful Islam (18), all residents of the Sonamura subdivision under Sepahijala district, around 49 km from Agartala.
Sona Charan Jamatia, Teliamura sub-divisional police officer informed that a case against unknown people for mob lynching was registered in Kalyanpur police station, while two cases were registered in Champahour police station for stealing three cattle heads.
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