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January 14, 2019

Condemning the unprovoked firing incident by security personnel in West Tripura on January 9 that led to almost 15 persons being injured, the state Congress has demanded a judicial inquiry by a sitting high court judge into the incident besides pressing for payment of compensation to victims of firing-all the injured tribal youths.

In view of this, veteran Congress leader and former MLA Tapas De said that Congress desires a time-bound judicial inquiry by a sitting high court judge so that the truth and the detailed background to the incident come out .

‘We believe that a sitting judge will be more suitable for a time-bound inquiry as we need to know the details so that such unpleasant incidents can be averted in future’ said Tapas De. He added that the magisterial inquiry ordered by the state government would lead nowhere as the magistrate as an administrative officer can not go beyond the administrative position of the state government.

De also expressed concern over the sharply deteriorating law and order situation and said that a delegation of his party will soon meet in deputation with the DGP seeking security for Congress workers and leaders being continuously persecuted by the ruling BJP.

It may be recalled that January 8, 2019 turned tragic for Tripura as 6 protesters sustained bullet injuries after security personnel open fired at them during Northeast Bandh. 2 remain in critical condition and their ambulance was also fired at by security personnel while on their way to hospital. Following this, section 144 crpc was imposed in West Tripura and soon after the Citizenship Amendment Bill was passed in Lok Sabha on January 8, 2018 mobile internet as well as messaging service was also shut down for 48 hours Watch the video for more details .

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