Tripura Congress demands CBI probe into CPI(M) leader's death

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Agartala, Apr 5 (UNI) The Congress party in Tripura today demanded CBI enquiry into the murder of senior CPI(M) leader and Chairman of Kamalpur Nagar Panchayat, North Tripura, Tapan Roy last night, while demanding strengthening of security of the Opposition legislators.

Addressing media persons here today, Opposition leader Ratan Lal Nath alleged that the ruling party was accusing the Congress for the murder just to divert the people's attention and misguide the investigating authority.

Mr Nath said that infightiong among CPI(M) leaders had the fall out of the assassination of Mr Roy and apprehended that Congress MLA Monoj Deb of Kamalpur constituency has now became a target of the criminals.

''Security of two newly-elected Congress legislators Monoj Deb and Subal Bhowmik from Sonamura needs to be strengthened and I have already brought the matter to the notice of DGP and Chief Secretary, but nothing has improved yet,'' Mr Nath said.

He, however, underlined that not only the Congress MLAs, security of all the MLA were needed to be enhanced considering the threat of their life and alleged that as many as five public representatives, including a CPI(M) minister were murdered during the Left Front regime.

Mr Nath lashed out at the Left Front government for non-publishing the inquiry report of Justice Yusuf Commission, had been constituted, following the killing of the then health minister Bimal Sinha and his younger brother Bidyut in 1998 but even after eleven years of the incident government was still kept the report in abeyance.

Police said that the slain leader Tapan Roy(38) was attacked by the miscreants in front of his house at Kamalpur town on the way back from the market alone and had been suspected that the incident was the fall out of inner squabble among the party workers following the defeat of sitting minister Bijoy Laxmi Sinha in last Assembly election.

''Several cut marks were found on his body and he was immediately shifted to Kamalpur district hospital, where doctors declared him dead,'' said Superintendent of Police Dhalai district Anish Prasad, adding that extra deployment was made in the area to maintain peace while two persons were arrested suspecting their involvement in the murder.

Ruling CPI(M)-led left parties condemned the incident and asked party workers to remain calm. The party leaders further alleged that Opposition workers were involved of the murder of Mr Roy to distablise the left movement in the area as well as to generate tension.

Party sources said that there has been a fight among the party leaders in Kamalpur soon after announcement of the name of party candidate in the seat. The lone woman minister Bijoy Laxmi Sinha, wife of assassinated health minister Bimal Sinha was nominated as party candidate, which had not been reportedly accepted by Mr Ranjit Ghosh.

On March 9, a violent mob, allegedly the supporters of defeated lone women minister of fifth Left Front government Bijoy Laxmi Sinha had stormed the house of former secretary of Kamalpur, Divisional Committee in Dhalai district Ranjit Ghosh, reportedly close to Tapan Roy.

Meanwhile, police arrested a man suspected to be involved in the murder of Mr Roy while the 24 hours general strike in the area called by left parties had been passed peacefully so far, police added.

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