Agartala: A day after chief minister Biplab Kumar Deb shared a detailed report of Tripura Police’s success in clamping a crackdown on drugs and other narcotic substances, CPIM state secretary Jitendra Chowdhury on Wednesday demanded a white paper of drug abuse in the state.
Dubbing the police’s report as ‘manufactured’, he said if the state government is confident that they have done enough to control the drug menace, they should come out clean.
“I challenge the state government as well as chief minister Biplab Kumar Deb to order an impartial inquiry and compile accurate data in the form of a white paper. Things will be crystal clear.
“In what quantity ganja, brown sugar and other narcotic substances have been seized? How many youth have ruined their lives after being trapped into the abyss of drugs? The government must divulge everything in the white paper. Public should know what is actually happening,” Chowdhury demanded.
On the police achievement report, he said, “All these data are baseless and fabricated. The CM, who also happens to be the home minister of the state, has a data manufacturing unit in the police department. What he has shared on the social media handles are all manufactured in that unit”.
The CPIM leader also slammed the ruling Bharatiya Janata Party for a reign of terror on the supporters of opposition parties.
Referring to a face-off that took place between CPIM and BJP supporters at Moharcherra area under Teliamura sub-division of Khowai district on Wednesday, he said, “The police administration had prior notice of our programme. We had taken all the necessary permissions for the programme but all of a sudden, hundreds of BJP supporters in the name Swachh Bharat Abhiyan blocked our road towards the main market where the gathering was supposed to take place. The police, instead of protecting us, prevented us from moving forward.”
According to Chowdhury, the Police was acting at the behest of ruling party backed “armed miscreants”.
“To avert any untoward happening, we stopped our procession and held a public gathering where we had been stopped and retreated. But, I want to give a message to the state government as well as the police that this will not continue forever. People are ready and in the forthcoming by-elections the ruling party will understand how their support base is fast eroding,” he added.
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