Agartala: Tripura Chief Minister Dr Manik Saha said on Wednesday that his government has adopted a stance of zero tolerance to violence while seeking cooperation from opposition parties to maintain peace and tranquilly in the state.
As many as 23,000 people had been put under preventive detention, and arrests were made in 90 percent of the FIRs in three months. In January, 235 people had been arrested against 254 FIR; in February, 189 people were arrested against 182 FIR; and in March, 145 people had been arrested against 39 FIR, and notices were issued against a large number of people.
Responding to the allegations of post-poll violence, Dr Saha said, “These are acts of planned violence that have been let loose strategically to malign the image of the government. However, the investigation has been going on against each and every incident reported to the police from different sources. Nobody will be spared, and action will be taken without considering the political affiliation.”
He pointed out that before the assembly election, there were instigations and threats from opposition parties against the saffron supporters anticipating the defeat of the BJP, which was one of the reasons for violence after the election results. A large number of people immediately changed their political stance and resorted to violence and creating unrest, but police responded promptly.
“There is no murder after the election result, which has been common in Tripura since 1993,” Dr Saha said.
Meanwhile, criticizing the statement of Chief Minister, CPI(M) State Secretary, MLA Jitendra Chaudhury claimed that the BJP has continued its jungle raj inside and outside the assembly. The
BJP-backed miscreants destroyed 10 party offices of the CPI(M), 630 people were assaulted, 1647 houses were vandalized and looted, and 85 dwelling units were gutted in the state after the BJP won the election for the second term.
“We were not allowed to speak in the assembly,” Chaudhury added.