Tripura: Two arrested for vandalising statue of leader in state


AGARTALA, July 28, 2018: Police arrested two persons for their alleged involvement in the vandalism of a statue of former deputy chief minister and veteran communist leader Baidyanath Majumder at Srirampur in Unakoti district, on Wednesday night.

Superintendent of police (Unakoti) Lucky Chouhan told the media that a few miscreants tore down a statue of Majumder. Litan Sarkar and Ranjit Nama, both local residents, were arrested on Friday over the incident while a search is on for the others.

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"We have arrested two persons who we suspect to be involved in the incident. We believe there are more persons involved as well. An investigation is on to nab them," Chouhan said.

However, when asked if there was any political connection behind the vandalism that took place in the city, the official denied the possibility and said no such proof had been found so far.

Condemning the demolition of Majumder's statue, Opposition CPM state committee said that the statue was uprooted and thrown in the nearby Manu river, a party. It also alleged that the BJP-IPFT government has "let Tripura loose in the hands of anti-socials".

Terming the attacks as "Talibani excesses", CPM office secretary Haripada Das demanded immediate steps from the state government to stop them.

The CPM held a series of protests in different parts of the state against the vandalism. Party leaders held a protest rally in Agartala on Friday afternoon against the incident.

Former deputy Speaker Pabitra Kar, who led the rally, said there was a concerted effort to erase communists from Tripura.

"The BJP has held a series of attacks against CPM supporters and leaders here. They demolished party offices, then started bulldozing them by government decision. They vandalised many statues. But communists can't be wiped out from Tripura by these attacks," Kar said.

BJP state secretary Nitish Dey criticised the incident and demanded arrest of everyone involved. Action on those involved in the incident should not be influenced by their political colour, he said. He said the BJP held a procession at Kailashahar in Unakoti on Thursday evening against the demolition of Majumder's statue.

Majumder was the deputy chief minister of Tripura in the Dasharath Deb cabinet from 1993 to 1998. He died aged 88 in 2011.

Source: The Telegraph

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