Agartala: With the announcement of the poll schedule for the assembly elections in Tripura, police have registered as many as six complaints of violence, threat, and intimidation from various political parties while arresting at least 16 people, including a corporator of the Agartala Municipal Corporation (AMC), in connection with the crimes, police said here on Monday.
The police became active further after ECI suspended a senior Tripura Police Service (TPS) officer, SDPO Jirania Himadri Prasad Das, and removed the officer-in-charge of Jirania and Ranirbazar police stations of West Tripura for their inaction during the four repeated attacks on the Congress rally despite having a huge number of force. 32 people were injured, and several motorbikes were vandalized.
“We have reminded the OCs, SDPOs, and SPs to follow the direction of the Zero Poll Violence mission undertaken by ECI and play a neutral role without bias or partisan attitude. About 200 companies of the central force are now deployed across 60 assembly constituencies under the supervision of respective police stations, and their service has to be utilized for building confidence among the voters,” said a senior police officer here.
“Extensive checking of vehicles and tracking the movement of suspicious people began alongside regular flag marches and search operations in every locality against the anti-social elements and drug paddlers,” he said.
The police officials maintained that despite specific directions from the DGP to act neutrally and to take steps for maintaining a peaceful atmosphere during the election, a few police officers have not been following the principles, which was unnecessary and earned a bad name for the Tripura Police, which wouldn’t be tolerated anymore.
The performance of police officers up to the level of the police station has been scrutinized.
“We are monitoring the activities of the leaders of all the political parties and their movements. The tracking of bank transactions and all other financial activities of all concerns have been brought under the scanner. The measure will be further enhanced with the arrival of another 100 companies of central force and election observers on January 29 onward,” the officer added.
Meanwhile, the South Tripura district administration suspended an auditor identified as Bikash Bhowmik for negligence in duty and asked him not to leave his place.
In a letter to the West Tripura DM, the CPI-M alleged that ruling BJP-backed goons had been relentlessly trying to break the peace and incite trouble.
“Goons everywhere warned our party workers of dire consequences if they installed booth offices. Our party workers were attacked whenever they went to instal party flags. Even after they install the flags that were uprooted and thrown away by the BJP goons. The CPI-M leaders and workers cannot go to the people freely for the election campaign,” CPM-M leader Ratan Das wrote to DM Debapriya Bardhan, demanding that she ensure their unhindered election activities.