12 - 04 - 2021

10,323: One more ad hoc teacher dies from anxiety

Agartala Jan 04 ,2019 : In yet another tragic incident an adhoc  teacher of  primary school among the doomed 10,323 breathed his last yesterday in GBP hospital from heart attack . Sabendra Reang (48) , a resident of Durgabari village under Santir Bazar subdivision of south Tripura and a primary teacher in government run primary school of the village was preparing to go to school in the morning yesterday. 

Before departing from home Sabendra suffered a massive cardiac arrest  and was taken to Santir Bazar hospital. Since his condition was fast deteriorating doctors referred him to GBP hospital , Agartala. After being brought to GBP hospital , Sabendra died within a short time. His mortal remains were taken back to Santir Bazar.

Sources from Santir Bazar said that Sabendra Reang was a deeply worried man over inevitable job loss after March 31 and was at a loss about maintaining his family . He suffered the cardiac arrest because of high tension and anxiety . His death has cast a deep shadow of grief and despair in the village as well as among the 10,323 ad hoc teachers. Sabendra is the fortieth ad hoc teacher to have died from fear of job loss and deep anxiety over future.


Former PCCF commits suicide in Lucknow home

Agartala, Dec31, 2019: The former Principal Chief Conservator of Forest (PCCF), Tripura R.L.Srivastava committed suicide last night in his Lucknow home by hanging himself. . Srivastava , a Tripura cadre Indian Forest Service (IFS) officer , had rendered distinguished service to the state till the year 2012 when he retired from service . He settled down in his Lucknow home. 

Sources close   Srivastava's family said that his only son had studied in London School of Economics (LSE) and completed his MBA degree. But he failed to land a good job commensurate with his qualification despite trying in England ,USA and other countries because of the ongoing global economic slowdown. He had also tried to launch a business but failed in his attempt .

Srivastava was in a state of severe frustration over the future prospects of his son in life over the past few years. Last night he ended his life by hanging himself to death in his own home.


Massive CPI -BJP clash in Udaipur, supporters of both sustains injury

Agartala Dec 25 ,2019 :  Four CPM leaders including former minister and sitting MLA Ratan Bhowmick was injured  in massive  clash with rival BJP supporters as the latter made a desperate bid to disrupt the programme by attacking it in the middle of the town. As many as  nineteen supporters of both the parties sustained injuries in the attack. 

The trouble had stared at 11-00 AM yesterday when large number of CPI (M) supporters had gathered in front of central government offices in Udaipur as per a pre-announced programme to protest the central government's policy of disinvesting the state run PSUs. But as the programme of demonstration was on a large number of BJP supporters rushed to the spot and launched indiscriminate attacks on gathered CPI (M) supporters and leaders in front of police personnel deployed there. In the attack the CPI (M) MLA and senior leader of the party Ratan Bhowmik and Udaipur subdivisional committee secretary Manik BIswas and at least ten other sustained injuries. Besides, two personal security officers of Ratan Bhowmik and the lone security officer of former MLA Madhav Saha also sustained injuries.

The CPI (M) alleged that when their party procession had been wounding through central road and new town area after starting from party office it was attacked by 10/12 BJP 'miscreants' . Yet again when the party's meeting was on in Jamtala area 50/60 BJP supporters attacked the procession again injuring the CPI (M) leaders and workers. Even though police was present in the area they took no action to resist the BJP workers. But the BJP’s office secretary in Gomati district office Tridib Kanti Das told media persons that around 11-00 AM when BJP supporters Ajit Podder, Bhola Deb and Rupon Deb were talking among themselves and with 6/7 others  a CPI (M) procession going by turned violent and attacked and injured them. 

But they had to turn back in the face of resistance from local people but Ajit Podder had to be admitted to Tripura Sundari Hospital in a serious condition while Bhola Deb and Rupon Deb have been advised rest after initial treatment by doctors. Tridib Kanti Das blamed the entire fiasco on the unruly CPI (M) supporters. Both the parties have filed FIR and counter FIR putting the blame for trouble

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.