30 - 03 - 2020

Poverty stricken death : CPM, Congress lead ers visit deceased house, claims poverty and starvation are reason for deaths

Agartala, Nov 25,2019:Amid political controversy over the tragic deaths of four members of a family in remote Sonai Sannyasi Para village of   Barakathal under Sidhai police station on Saturday morning, two teams of both opposition CPI(M) and Congress visited the spot on Sunday and met the bereaved family members. The opposition leaders claimed that poverty and starvation are the main reasons for these deaths, while ruling party rejected the opposition claims and said that opposition are now doing politics over the pathetic deaths.

Opposition leader Manik Sarkar accompanied a delegation of CPI (M) MLAs and ADC member visited the house of deceased Paresh Tanti and talked to his relatives.

Speaking with media persons, Sarkar said that it is now established that that the tragic death of four-members of the day-laborer Paresh Tanti due to lack of work and food.

"Work and food shortages have been going on everywhere in the last 20 months since the formation of the BJP-IPFT coalition government in Tripura and hungry people's procession demanding work and food is getting longer", said Sarkar demanding jobs through MGNREGA for all poor people of the state.

"Without providing any jobs for poor people like Paresh Tanti, the government cannot stopped such tragic ends", said Sarkar and added that the state government should take serious steps for poor people of the state.

The CPI (M) team also spoke to the neighbors and citing statements of neighbours, they said that Paresh Tanti is a very poor day labor and a MGNREGA beneficiary. But since the BJP-IPFT coalition government come to power, there is hardly any work under MGNREGA. After the ends of Durga Puja festival, a day's work was not given under MGNREGA to the beneficiaries of that area.

While, a CPI (M) statement said that Paresh could not pay the installment of the loan due to lack of work and earnings. On the other hand, due to lack of work and earnings, Paresh was unable to run his family.

CPI (M) in their press statement also said that, the BJP-IPFT alliance in the state cannot avoid the responsibility of the government in this tragic incident. They demanded to provide adequate work and food for the poor people in the hills and villages of the state. The statement also demanded that strict measures should be taken to control lenders on their high interest rates like Annapurna and Bandhan Bank etc in the state.

However, another team of Congress led by Subal Bhowmik also visited the spot and interacted with the victim family members and their neighbours. Addressing a press conference here at Agartala on Sunday evening, Bhowmik claimed that it's a very painful incident and after deaths of four people due to poverty, the victim family had suffered very hardship to complete cremation of these bodies due to shortage of fund’.

Criticizing the state government, Bhowmik said that when in a day 11 people of the state died due to killing and suicide, Chief Minister of the state busy with election campaigning in other state. He said that only Rs. 1000 had given from state government to the victim family for their last rites. Condemning the act of state government Congress demanded Rs. 5 lakh compensation to the victim family at the earliest and concrete steps to stop the deaths of people due to poverty.

Congress also demanded all party meeting  on present situation of the state and demanded CBI enquiry over the murder of police officer Durga Kumar Hrangkhawl (55),  who was  posted at Kalamchowra police station of Sepahijala district was killed by a speeding phensidyl carrying vehicle during  his duty. 

More than 50 injured, 12 admitted in hospital due attack of bees

Agartala, Nov 23, 2019: A swarm of bees attacked that Banabithi Park at Khowai on Saturday afternoon, as result at least 60 school students along with some people, who were gathered at the park to celebrate picnic.

Among the injured students and adult persons, 12 persons were shifted to Khowai hospital, later, among them two persons were referred to GB Hospital due to serious injuries.

About 60 students including their parents and teachers gathered at the park for a picnic. During the celebration of picnic, swarm of bees indiscriminately swooped on them. The bees also attacked some local people, who were gathered at the park.

However, hospital sources said that the conditions of the wounded students were not serious and they are all stable condition. 


BSF seizes Rs 15 lakh, nabs one smuggler

Agartala, Nov 21,2019:Based on specific inputs, a joint operation with the department of Customs was planned by BSF Coy Commander deployed at Border Out Post Srimantapur in Sonmaura subdivision yesterday.
During dusk hours, joint operation party observed some suspicious movement of a person with a backpack along Indo-Bangladesh border at Srimantapur. On being challenged, the suspect tried to run away from the spot.
Accordingly, alert operational team immediately chased and nabbed him along with a bag on his back. On search of the bag, Indian currency of various denominations having value of Rs 15,00,000/- was recovered. During questioning, he revealed his identity as Ali Hossain (20 year).
 On sustained questioning of the suspect, he revealed that he received the consignment of Indian currency from Munir Hossain of Kalapaniawith the direction to deliver same to one person belonging to village Ravindranagar after getting the name and correct address from Munir Hossain. The apprehended person was handed over to the Customs Besides above, on same night, BSF troops also succeeded in seizing other miscellaneous contraband items having collective market value of Rs. 1,73,350/-. 
It is also worth mentioning here that in addition to regular seizure of such huge quantity of Narcotics drugs particularly Yaba Tablets and Ganja; Vigilant BSF troops deployed on the extreme frontiers of the country are effectively manning the International Border and considerably seizing the contraband items like Phensedyl, Liquor, Cattle, Garments also on daily basis from bordering areas.

Badal shifted to ICU after alleged torture by IO

Agartala,Nov17,2019:Badal Choudhury,former PWD Minister and incumbent deputy leader of opposition has been shifted to the ICU of GB hospital on Saturday night from Bishalghar central jail  after complaining of acute chest pain. He is in 13 days jail custody for alleged PWD scam case.

On Saturday night Choudhury was first shifted to Bishalgarh subdivisional hospital from central jail after deterioration of his health condition. Later, hhe was referred to GB Hospital and doctors shifted him at the ICU of the hospital.

Hospital sources said that Choudhury has been suffering from acute chest pain with abnormal pulse and high blood pressure.

The defence team of lawyers alleged that the former minister complaint that he was physically and mentally tortured by investigating officer (IO) of the Crime Branch, Dy. SP Ajay Kumar Das during interrogation inside the central jail complex.

However, defense lawyers said that their case challenging the FIR against Chaudhury at the Division Bench of High Court of Tripura will appear in the court on Monday. Newly appointed Chief Justice Akil Abdulhamid Kureshi and Justice Arindam Lodh will hear the case. 

Jawans, Commandant of TSR 8th Bn donates blood

Agartala, Nov 16,2019:Eighty jawans  of TSR 8th battalion donated blood on Saturday in its headquarters  Lalcherra,Dhalai. The Commandant of the battalion, Nabadwip Jamatia  were among the uniformed personnel who donated blood.

Before starting the donation, a simple programme was held which addressed by  the Commandant. Addressing the jawans and officials, he  stressed the importance of voluntarily donating blood as there was a huge shortfall of blood in the state.

He urged the jawans to spread the message amongst their relatives and friends in civil so that more people are made aware over the importance of donating blood.

TSR has always been at the forefront  in blood donation and similar camps had been organized in past. He expressed his heartiest thanks to all the organizers of the event and the donors for conducting the event smoothly.

 It is mentionable here that in this calendar year TSR 8th  Battalion organized the fourth blood donation camp including today’s one.



Govt revokes suspension order of Ajit Pratap Singh

Agartala, Nov  15,2019:  The government  has revoked the  suspension order for former SP (West) Ajit Pratap Singh.  A notification in this order  was revoked by the General Administration (Personnel and Training) department.

The general administration department of the state government through an official order issued on November 14 said that suspension , which was made by the department on October 17 last, the competent authority in exercise of the powers conferred by the All India Services (discipline and appeal) rules, 1969 has revoked the order with immediate effect.

It may be recalled here that the then SP(West) was suspended in connection of unable to arrest the main accused former PWD Minister and deputy leader of opposition Badal Chaudhury in alleged PWD scam case, who was escaped after a court rejected his anticipatory bail petition.