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Tribal students allegedly assaulted by Tripura police for obstructing CM’s carcade

After almost two hours, some student volunteers along with an advocate reached the police station getting the information from other sources and shifted them to the hospital.  

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Agartala: Three constables of Agartala Traffic unit and two on-duty police personnel of New Capital Complex police station have been accused of assaulting two tribal students of a private college on Thursday in two locations allegedly for obstructing the movement of the Chief Minister’s carcade on VIP Road.

According to the report, the personal car of the accused students identified as Angle Reang (20) and Abhijit Debbarma (21) was suddenly stopped near Circuit House on VIP Road ahead of CM’s convoy that had resulted in obstruction of the movement of Chief Minister. 
The youths were detained by traffic personnel and later handed them over to the police.

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The accused youths lodged an FIR against Traffic constable Kishore Banik and two others stating that after CM’s carcade crossed the spot, they were taken to traffic unit in the city and in an isolated room Banik and others had beaten them seriously including their private parts and abused with slangs and left detained for long with injuries.

They further told media that after took them to NCC Police Station; they were tortured and abused in communal lines. They had not been allowed to talk to their parents for a long time. 

After almost two hours, some student volunteers along with an advocate reached the police station getting the information from other sources and shifted them to the hospital.  

However, police denied the allegation and said they were served three days’ notice to appear before the investigating officer to ascertain the facts and circumstances of the incident. 

The Director-General of Police V S Yadav has also ordered an enquiry into the incident and the allegations of the youths.“We shall thoroughly inquire all the allegations including the incident of a sudden stop of the movement of the vehicle of two youths on the road and whoever in police side would find guilty, they will be punished as per law,” Yadav said, adding that the accused youths have also complained to the traffic personnel, which is now under investigation.

The incident sparked off a serious reaction among the tribal communities, parties and intellectuals cutting across the political affiliation and demanding exemplary punishment to the policemen who had assaulted the students first in the traffic unit office and then in the police station. The police were accused of snatching away the mobile phones and kept them detained for a long time with injuries.

The Chief of TIPRA Motha and royal scion Pradyot Kishore Debbarman, CPI-M State Secretary Jitendra Chowdhury, former minister of left front government and senior tribal leader Naresh Jamatia, Borok Human Right activist Anthony Debbarma, tribal intellectual Sunil Kalai, tribal student leader Devid Debbarma and congress president Birajit Sinha protested the role of police and demanded immediate action.

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