Jamiat meets Tripura CM with charter of demands

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Agartala, Oct 11 (UNI) The Tripura state committee of the Jamiat Ulama (Hind) has demanded unconditional release of a person arrested in connection with the recent serial blasts in Agartala and insisted on immediate reinstatement of ousted minister Shahid Choudhury in the state Cabinet.

Jamiat leaders met Tripura Chief Minister Manik Sarkar yesterday and alleged that a section of innocent Muslims were being harassed by the police on baseless charges following the serial blasts on October 1.

Jamiat state president Mufti Taibur Rahman said the imam of Nagicherra Mosque in Agartala Bilal Ahamed (24), a resident of Assam, was in police remand for ten days for his suspected involvement in the serial blasts.

Rahman said former Food and Sports Minister Shahid Choudhury had been forced to tender resignation from the sixth Left Front Ministry in April following the arrest of Mamun Mian, a Bangladeshi national.

''There was no link established between Shahid and Mamun so far but the minority community has lost its representation in the Ministry because of his resignation,'' Rahman claimed and demanded to reinstate him in the state Cabinet.

Meanwhile, CID officials here today said they were exploring the possibility of HuJI and All Tripura Tiger Force (ATTF) collaboration behind the blasts and subsequent defusion of a live bomb attached to a timer device on October 5.

The CID team investigating the case has so far arrested or detained ten people, including Bilal Ahmed, and six tribals.

One Shantanu Choudhury (30), owner of a studio in Sidhai area of Agartala, was arrested on prima facie evidence.

''It was this studio from where the Aircel mobile SIM had been sold to Bijay Debbarma, a Tiger Force collaborator, a month ago,'' police informed.

Two other tribal youths, Uttam Debbarma (23) and Prafulla Debbarma (22), and a tribal girl Hasi Debbarma (24), were also arrested yesterday in connection with the blasts and the court sent them to nine days police remand.

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