By DEBRAJ DEB | Agartala, December 31, 2017
As the year draws to an end, we take a sneak peek at the year 2017 and what it brought for Tripura.
For all it may seem, the year was full of political surprises and unimaginable turmoils. Two journalists were killed – one hacked to death and the other shot inside a counter-insurgency force base in Tripura in the fag-end.
Earlier in March, the Supreme Court issued verdict terminating 10,323 government teachers of the state with effect from December 31.
The year started with tremors, well, not political entirely. Dhalai district was mapped to have originated an earthquake that shook adjoining states in the very first week of January.
In the months that followed, the state politics followed no less quakes. Six MLAs led by former opposition leader Sudip Roy Barman Defected to Trinamul Congress from Congress party in 2016 slipping Congress to be the third largest legislative party in the left-ruled state. The team of legislators joined BJP in June this year and marked its first every entry into the state legislature. Veteran Congress Congress MLA Ratan Lal Nath joined BJP on December 23 too.
IPFT put up a ten day long blockade on the National Highway 44 and railway at Baramura Range in July this year. The agitation was followed pitched battle between Indigenous Peoples Front of Tripura (IPFT) – a regional party demanding separate statehood and Gana Mukti Parishad (GMP) – CPIM’s indigenous brigade marked the latter half of the year.
While covering protests of IPFT at Mandai, 25 Km from Agartala, television journalist Santanu Bhowmik was hacked to death. The state government formed Special Investigation Team (SIT) to probe his alleged murder.
Senior journalist Sudip Dutta Bhowmik was shot dead inside Tripura State Rifles (TSR) 2nd battalion headquarters at RK Nagar on November 21. The government formed SIT on his death too, against demands of CBI probe on both journo murders.
Six persons from both BJP and CPIM were found dead, some of them shot dead, in different parts of Tripura in the past few months.
On November 30, BJP demanded President’s Rule in Tripura and claimed law and order had broken down in the communist ruled state.
Hydrocephalus patient Roona Begum, a 5 year old child suffering from rare disease that abnormally swells the head, passed away after a long struggle in June. A large number of people including ‘Maharaja’ of Tripura – Pradyot Kishore Manikya Debbarman extended help for her treatment since 2013.