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Political parties unhappy with State Govt’s order on Magisterial Inquiry on Jirania Police firing incident : All non-BJP parties demand Judicial inquiry
TIWN Jan 12, 2019
Political parties unhappy with State Govt’s order on Magisterial Inquiry on Jirania Police firing incident : All non-BJP parties demand Judicial inquiry
PHOTO : 6 youths injured in police firing. TIWN Pic Jan 8

AGARTALA, Jan 12 (TIWN): All political parties including BJP’s ally IPFT have demanded Judicial inquiry in Jirania Police violence of January 8, 2019 but Govt has however ordered Magisterial inquiry in the case. On yesterday, NESO (North East Student Organization) members also visited Triura, under whose call on January 8 the strike was observed against Citizenship Bill, but they were not allowed to meet the victims of police firing and NESO has called for “Judicial Investigation” under a sitting judge from the High Court.But so far Govt has only ordered for Magisterial probe and West DM Sandeep Mahatme to investigate the case. The BJP-led Tripura government on Thursday ordered a magisterial inquiry into the police firing on Tuesday injuring six tribal youths, agitating against the controversial Citizenship (Amendment) Bill. But all opposition parties including BJP’s ally IPFT have demanded Judicial investigation whereas one demanded CBI probe.

Chief Minister Biplab Kumar Deb said West Tripura District Magistrate Sandeep Mahatme would inquire into the January 8 incidents and submit a report "within the shortest possible time."

"After getting the report, the government would take appropriate steps and the guilty would not be spared," Deb told the media before leaving for New Delhi to attend the national council meeting of the Bharatiya Janata Party.Deb, who also holds the home portfolio, said the state government would bear the expenditure of the treatment of the injured youths.

Additional Director General of Police (Law and Order) Rajiv Singh said: "Some tribal youths while demonstrating against the Citizenship (Amendment) Bill turned violent at Madhab Bari in western Tripura on Tuesday. The police, Tripura State Rifles and CRPF troopers, after taking all necessary steps were unable to control the mob. The police then opened fire injuring six tribal youths, two of them seriously."

A security man was also injured following an attack by agitators, who also burnt down at least 20 shops in the area.Opposition Congress, Communist Party of India-Marxist (CPI-M) and Indigenous Nationalist Party of Tripura (INPT) strongly condemned the police firing and demanded a probe.

Ruling BJP's partner Indigenous People's Front of Tripura (IPFT) has demanded a judicial probe into the incident by a sitting High Court judge.

The ruling Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP), however, accused the CPI-M and other opposition parties of provoking the agitators.

Demanding a CBI probe and resignation of Chief Minister Biplab Kumar Deb, Tripura Student Federation (TSF) General Secretary Sunil Debbarma said the police had opened fire without any provocation.

The TSF is a constituent of the North-East Students Organization (NESO), who on Tuesday called the 11-hour shutdown in the entire northeastern region, comprising seven states, excluding Sikkim, to oppose the Bill.

Various tribal parties in Tripura have strongly opposed the Citizenship Bill.

The IPFT is also a member of Bharatiya Janata Party-led alliance NEDA (North East Democratic Alliance), convener of which is BJP-led Assam government's powerful minister Himanta Biswa Sarma.

Amid strong opposition by various political parties, including Congress, Left and Trinamool Congress, the Lok Sabha on Tuesday passed the Citizenship Amendment Bill, that seeks to grant citizenship to migrants from six non-Muslim minority groups from Bangladesh, Pakistan and Afghanistan.

On January 10, addressing media sharing dais with NC Debbarma Biplab Deb said, “Since Kings era, lakhs of non-tribals came here and Tripura Kings also supported them. According to Citizenship Bill Hindus, Christians, Jains, Buddhists will be welcomed with citizenship. After partisan of India those helpless people came in India and giving shelter to them is moral”. Talking about the Jirania violence, Biplab Deb almost gave certificate to police saying that police had fired below knee and one Sumit Debbarma who was injured his case is also no way can be said police fired him on his shoulder intentionally. However, we have ordered for Magisterial Investigation in this case and within minimum time the inquiry to be completed”.

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