06 - 07 - 2020

Pradyot floats new apolitical organization-TIPRA, declares programme

Agartala, Dec 25, 2019: Former Tripura  congress  president and royal scion Pradyot Kishore Debbarman has floated a new apolitical platform-The Indigenous Progressive Regional Alliance (TIPRA) for the rights of indigenous people.

After having a meeting with his followers at the Palace, Pradyot Kishore who quit the PCC president post protesting indifferent attitude towards party’s stand on indigenous issues, on Tuesday declared formation of new apolitical organization- TIPRA.

In a Facebook live, the royal scion has also cited reason why new apolitical organization has been constituted. "The main objective of the organization will be to struggle in democratic way to protect the rights of indigenous people. I attended a meeting convened by Union Home Amit Shah regarding the Citizenship Amendment Act (CAA) but no step has been taken to address our concern. Under this circumstance, there is no point of sitting idle. We must raise our voice against CAA", he explained.

Side by side, Pradyot Kishore made it clear that TIPRA would stage a rally at Madhabari in Jirania subdivision on January 8 to recall the horror incident in which several peaceful protestors were assaulted by police. "I do not want to dig the skeleton of this incident that shocked the state a year's ago. TIPRA will raise voice against CAA without harbouring hatred to any caste, creed and religion", he said.

Whatever may the statement of Pradyot Kishore, political analysts feel the royal scion which has influence in tribal belts will try to consolidate it in the run up to the ADC election slated for early next year.


NLFT militants issue show cause notice to MP of BJP Rebati Tripura

Agartala December 21 ,2019 : The outlawed NLFT militants have issued a show-cause notice to BJP MP from East Tripura, Rebati Kumar Tripura asking why he should not be socially boycotted for his support to the contentious citizenship amendment act (CAA) on 10th December in Loksabha. 

The self-styled NLFT secretary general D.Uomthai in his letter said that CAA was totally against the vital interests of the indigenous communities of Tripura as it would legalise the illegal stay of immigrants from Bangladesh at the cost of the sons of the soil. 'The inevitable change in the state's demography will have disastrous  consequences for the minority indigenous people and support to such a bill or act is tantamount to acting against one's own community' said D.Uomthai. 

He however conceded that MP Rebati Kumar Tripura's lone vote might not have made any material change in the passing or pushing the bill in the legislature but a moral protest could have been lodged on the sensitive issue. "Your supporting vote in the loksabha on 10th December grossly violates the trust reposed in you  by the Borok people of East Tripura constituency negates the mandate ; you should have second thoughts on the issue against this disastrous bill or act" said D.Uomthai.


Mortal remains of two B.Ed students arrives from West Bengal

Agartala, Dec 19,2019:The mortal remains of two B.Ed students of Tripura was  brought to Agartala on Thursday, who were killed in a tragic road mishap at Cooch Behar town of West Bengal on Wednesday on way to their returning home after B.Ed examinations at Murshidabad district. Another student of the state had also suffered critical injuries during the fatal road mishap.

One Bandana Debbarma (32) of Belonia town after her B.Ed examinations in Murshidabad town of West Bengal was returning to her native home with her husband Pratap Debbarma, a journalist of local cable channel (Akash Tripura) and five years old daughter Sneha Debbarma. Two more girls of the state including Mampi Das of Birganj area of Amarpur and Soma Banik and her husband Jiban Banik of Shaltilla area of Belonia were also arrived at Cooch Behar town after ends of their examinations from a Murshidabad based college.

All the them had arrived in the Cooch Behar town through a bus from Murshidabad due to unrest for anti-CAA protest in West Bengal.

On Wednesday morning all of them boarded in two e-rickshaws to reach Cooch Behar railway station from their hotel. But, all on a sudden one of the e-rickshaw was crushed by speeding Bolero jeep at the Baishguri flyover area of Cooch Behar in the early hours of Wednesday. As result, Bandana Debbarma and Mampi Das died on the spot and another B.Ed student Soma Banik sustained critical injuries. All these women were boarded in an e-rickshaw with the daughter of Bandana, who narrowly escaped from the fatal road mishap. While after the tragic mishap, all of them were shifted to Cooch Behar Government medical college, where injured Soma Banik are now under treatment.

After the reports of tragic death of two students of the state, media fraternity of Agartala and Belonia sought the help of state administration to return back the bodies of two students and to help the victim families, who are in distress.

Sources said that the DM (South Tripura) Debapriya Burdwan and Chief Minister Office (CMO) had conducted with the officials of Cooch Behar district administration and hospital authorities for early completion of all procedures including autopsy and proper treatment of injured Soma Banik. After SOS from Tripura government, the  Cooch Behar hospital authorities had taken initiatives to shift the both bodies in Tripura through two ambulances on Wednesday night and are expected to arrive in the state capital on Thursday.

While, Rs. 40,000 each has been donated from Chie Ministers relief fund to the members of victim family as a contribution to return back the corpses of the victim women in Tripura. 


Badal Chaudhury again send to 14 days jail custody

Agartala, Dec 18,2019: The former PWD Minister and incumbent deputy leader of opposition, Badal Chaudhury was again sent to jail custody till  December 30 .Badal Chaudhury on Tuesday again produced physically before the special court of West Tripura district and after hearing on bail petition, the court once again rejected the plea and sends him in jail custody for 14 more days.

On December 13 last, the High Court of Tripura had disposed the bail petition of Badal Chaudhury and Justice Arindam Lodh ordered that court in exercise of its power under section 439 of CrPc cannot interpret its own order which was passed on October 31st last in connection of bail plea for Chaudhury.

As scheduled on Tuesday Badal Chaudhury was produced at the court of special Judge Sabyasachi Datta Purkayastha, in absence of Judge Datta Purkayastha, the in-charge special judge Govinda Das rejected the bail petition of Badal Chaudhury.

Another accused in alleged PWD scam case, former chief engineer Sunil Bhowmik was produced before the special court, but his lawyer could not submitted any bail petition as the plea will be heard in the High Court on January 7th, 2020 next. The court also send him for 14 more days in jail custody and Bhowmik will again produced before the court on December 30th next.

Both Badal Chaudhury and Sunil Bhowmik were physically produced before the court from central jail, due to technical fault in video conferencing system of the central jail.

Speaking with media persons on way to jail, Badal Chaudhury again reiterated that he was victim of major political conspiracy and he has faith of judicial system of the country. 




Bank Manager murder case: Bail of four accused stayed by high court, asked to surrender

Agartala, Dec 18,2019:  High Court of Tripura stayed the bail granted to four accused in the  sensational murder of UCO bank manager Bodhisattwa Das.The four accused who had secured bail on technical ground on December 3, however High Court justice Arindam Lodh directed all four to surrender to court and make their submission, if any. 

Bodhisattwa Das, erstwhile manager of United Commercial Bank (UCO) branch of Dharmanagar, had been murdered on August 2 night near Jackson gate of Agartala by four accused Sumit Chowdhury, Sumit Banik, police sub-inspector Sukanta Biswas and Omar Sharif alias Shoaib. There was a eye-witness to the cruel murder and before his eventual death in Calcutta slain Bodhisattwa Das had given police the names of all the killers. 

The police had made a plea in the court for custodial trial which was granted by the district and session court and the police had filed the charge-sheet within a period of ninety days . But taking advantage of a technical ground following the seizure of a vehicle by police subsequent to the filing of the charge-sheet the accused persons managed to secure bail from court on December 3 and 4.

 This was followed by an appeal to the high court by police seeking custody of the culprits involved. After hearing the plea of police justice Arindam Lodh stayed the bail granted to the four culprits , directing them to surrender in court and make their submission if any.



Senior Lawyer Pijush Biswas appointed acting president of Pradesh Congress

Agartala, Dec 18,2019: Senior Lawyer  Pijush Biswas  was appointed acting president by  All India Congress Committee (AICC). In a notification issued said he will continue in the post till a regular president is appointed by PCC . A notification in this regard was issued by the AICC general secretary K.C.Venugopal. 

After the resignation of Pradyot Kishore from the post of PCC president in August this year the AICC had appointed an ad hoc committee for the TPCC with advocate Pijush Biswas as convener and with five other members. Now Biswas has been upgraded to the post of acting president even though there was expectation that Subal Bhowmik would be promote to the to the post in preparation for his elevation to the post of full-fledged PCC president . 

Sources in the Congress said that Subal Bhowmik was-as he still is-a valued leader of the party but his chequered political journey marked by party hopping stood in the way .Former PCC president Pradyot Kishore has extended his congratulations to Pijush Biswas on his appointment to the post.