Oppn demand forces food minister to resign

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Agartala, Apr 18 (UNI) Tripura Food and Civil Supplies minister Sahid Choudury resigned from the cabinet yesterday amidst mounting pressure from the Opposition parties following his alleged links with a HuJI activist from Bangladesh.

The Left Front leader and his wife was accused of having close links with the arrested Bangladeshi national Mamum Mian.

Mamun was arrested by a CID team from West Bengal on March 27 on the basis of confessions by two other nationals of that country, who were arrested from West Bengal's Howrah district with explosives.

The Opposition Congress even wrote to governor D N Sahay to intervene into the matter and ask for the minister's resignation.

Congress spokesperson Tapas Dey here today said, '' We are happy that the minister has finally resigned. Law must be given free hand to take its own course and there should be no interference from the government.'' Mr Choudhary told mediapersons that he did not resign under any pressure and that he was innocent.

The state police had filed a case against Mamum on Wednesday last for staying here with a forged Indian citizenship and residential certificates.

However, the DG in a press meet here recently had categorically denied any links of the arrested Bangladeshi national with the minister.

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