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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.



Thousands of people in Kanchanpur taken shelter at Schools, Police Station & SPO Camp

Agartala, Dec 13,2019: After Teliamura, Taidu, Ampi, Ganganagar, Tukarjala, Anandabazar of Kanchanpur, Dasada, Purbalakhipur, West Lakhipur, Durgaraj Para, Ahlapur areas were reportedly in very high alert. At least two thousands of people have been runaway from Kanchanpur and its adjoining areas in the last three days, centered on an unrest, attacks and counter-attacks between the hills people and Bengalis in the wake of the Bandh on the last three days demanding the withdrawal of the Citizenship Amendment Bill (CAB) by the IPFT and other tribal organizations. 

According to reports from Kanchanpur, at least thirty shops were looted and damaged in the attack by some tribal miscreants in the name of Bandh called protesting against CAB. Attacks were also carried out in nearby some homes of Bengali residents. Fears of the lives of 93 families have taken shelter at Anand Bazar police station.

According to reports from Dasda, 209 Bengali families from Lakhipur have come to the local Durgaraja Para-higher secondary school and took shelter. 39 Bengali families have taken shelter at SPO camps in East Lakhipur. 45 Bengali families have taken shelter at Ahlapur JB School in Kanchanpur. 56 Reang families have taken shelter at Ratanmani Memorial School in Orichhara. Another 10 Reang families have taken shelter at Ramcharan High School. 

In the mean time some miscreants opened fire at the IPFT office adjacent to the Kanchanpur Motor Stand last night. In addition, a fire broke out at a Reang house in Radhamadhabpur, Dashda. The whole house with a car was set on fire. News of the attack has been reported from Naishing Para, Kashirampur, adjacent to the Reang refugee camp too. A forest department employee named Mrinal Kanti Reang was also attacked in Kashirampur. He was rescued from the road in a bloody condition and sent to hospital yesterday afternoon.

Besides, the people of the local Bengali part of the Kanchanpur were also called separate Bandh for indifinate period today demanding immediate repatriations of the Reang refugees to Mizoram. Local administration called peace meeting tomorrow. 

Notably, the Bengali shopkeeper is not going to open shop in hilly areas of Kanchanpur. On the other hand, people in hilly areas do not come very far in the crowded Bengali dominated markets. District Superintendent of Police, District Magistrate, SDPO, OCs of all the local police stations are visiting Kanchanpur town and its surrounding area in the wake of multiple incidents last night. SP Bhanupada Das himself took a patrol with the TSR today. Along with the TSR, BSF and Assam Rifles have also been deployed. But, local people say the number of security personnel is far below the requirement. The TSR was recently withdrawn from a number of areas, with people from both parts are suffering from unknown fears.

According to reports from Kamalpur, some unknown miscreants burnt some of the tribal shops of Nakhashipara  small businessman in Halhali bazaar yesterday night. Police threw tear gas and put the force under control to bring the situation under control. The situation is still tensed there today.

According to reports from Teliamura, a tribal youth belonging to the IPFT of Tuisindraibari was attacked yesterday by some Bengali mischief and he died at the hospital today. 



Senior journalist Jayanta Bhattacharjee bereaved

Agartala, Dec11, 2019:Senior journalist Jayanta Bhattacharjee working for the national news agency Press Trust of India (PTI),lost his mother yesterday morning. His mother Meera Bhattacharjee (80) was suffering from old age ailments. Late Meera Bhattacharjee is survived by three daughters and two sons including Jayanta Bhattacharjee. She was cremated in the Bat-tala crematorium.

The Tripura Journalist Union (TJU) and Agartala Press Club have conveyed condolences in statements to Jayanta Bhattacharjee and his larger family , expressing grief over the demise of the senior journalist's mother.


Parents’ Day Celebrations at Notre Dame Holy Cross High School, Moharpara.

Agartala, Dec 07.2019:Notre Dame Holy Cross High School, Moharpara, organized the annual Parents’ Day Celebration on Friday. The Theme: One Home, diverse faces. Deputy Chief Minister  Jishnu Dev Varman,  was the Chief Guest of the function.   In his address to the parents he reminded their role of educating their children with basic values. He appreciated the teachers and students for the wonderful program, he described that Holy Cross Moharpara is a Miracle for many more students to get quality education. Kalyani Roy the Chief Whip of Tripura State Legislative Assembly and MLA of Teliamura graced the occasion as a Special Guest. In her address she appreciated the immense contribution of Holy Cross School, Moharpara for the society.  She was impressed by the stage performance of the students and encouraged them to excel in their academics.  Bhaswar Bhattacharya , SDM, Teliamura ,  Santanu Bikash Das, BDO, Teliamura and Fr. Joe Paul, the Secretary of Holy Cross Educational Foundation graced the occasion as Guests of Honor.  The students from KG to Class X presented various cultural and innovative items on the occasion of parents’ day celebration.   Fr. Alfred D’Souza, the principal of the school welcomed the gathering and  Sr. Jeewan Lata, the Headmistress proposed the vote of thanks. 



Bank Manager murder : All four accused gets bail

Agartala December 06 ,2019 : All four accused in the sensational murder of the bank manager  Budhisatya Das  got bail from a local court even after submission of charge-sheet within record time of 90 days.

On November 3rd, the additional district and session court (West Tripura) bailed three accused Sumit Chowdhury, Sumit Banik and former police inspector Sukanta Biswas and on next day (November 4th), another prime accused Omar Sharif alias Sohaib also got the bail.

After the unexpected bail orders, the prosecution team will file a review petition challenging the bails for all four accused persons before High Court of Tripura, which was  ordered by additional district and session judge Govinda Das.

Giving details of the sudden acceptance of bail petition by the court, public prosecutor Biswajit Deb said that earlier, the investigating officer (IO) Suman Ulla Kazi submitted the charge-sheet with all scientific evidences in a record time under section 302,326, 341 and 34 of IPC against for arrested accused persons involved with the murder of bank manager Budhisatya Das on August 3 midnight after a boozing party in a city road.

Police also appealed for custodial trail to all four accused as all accused are from influential background and they can destroy the evidences or can pose a threat for all witnesses. Subsequently, the court also accepted the custodial trail prayer.

Deb said that on November 3rd court will framed the charges, but on the same day the IO had informed the court that the investigation team has seized a vehicle and collect some document based  evidences related to the case. Seeing fresh investigation process after submission of final charge-sheet, the court granted bail for all accused.

As per rules of law, after final submission of charge-sheet, fresh investigation appeal by IO always create creates doubts over the investigation and court on that principal had granted bail for all four accused persons.