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Tripura BJP MLA’s daughter allegedly harassed

The MLA is known to be a close man of Chief Minister Biplab Kumar Deb and top BJP leaders.

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Agartala: After opposition CPI-M and Trinamool Congress, the daughter of a ruling party MLA and veteran lawyer of Tripura high court Anindita Bhowmik on Sunday accused the state government of continuous harassment and police atrocities on her for expressing independent views in social media.

Her father and BJP MLA from Belonia in South Tripura Arun Chandra Bhowmik alleged that without any warrant or valid ground, women police had gone to the in-laws’ house of his daughter in connection with a case with which Anindita doesn’t have any link or relation.

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Two lady officers of East Agartala Women Police Station had gone to her house without proper documents and wanted to question her. She agreed to cooperate but told the police that the entire conversation would be video-graphed and her father in-law would be present during the discussion. The police didn’t agree and immediately fled, Bhowmik told the media.

The MLA is known to be a close man of Chief Minister Biplab Kumar Deb and top BJP leaders.

Anindita is a Physiotherapist in Tripura Medical College (TMC) and she was suspended from the service last year for misconduct, an allegation he termed “absolutely false and fabricated”. 

The legislator claimed she was victimised for raising the issues of deprivation of non-medicos in TMC,misappropriation of fund as well as irregularities. The period of suspension has also been extended twice violating rules, and the matter is now sub-judice and the conspirators are now in trouble, he stated.

“The police have been mobilised to put pressure on her. I tried to speak to Superintendent of Police (West) – neither did he pick up the phone nor did he show the courtesy to call me back. It’s a barbaric attitude of the government and administration. Everything has a limit. Now they have crossed it,” the MLA warned.

Without naming anybody, he said, “I know well who is behind those activities and what he wants. I shall see the end of it. I didn’t spare even the most powerful Chief Minister Samir Ranjan Barman.”

The incident has sparked reaction in the opposition parties. Both the CPI-M and Trinamool Congress condemned the continuous harassment of Anindita for the last two years and the latest action of the police. 
The CPI-M state secretary Jitendra Chowdhury and TMC state convener Subal Bhowmik demanded thorough enquiry not only into Anindita’s case, but into all such complaints registered by social media activists and independent opinion makers.

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