Agartala: The Twipra Students Federation (TSF), the largest organisation of tribal students of the state called dawn to dusk Tripura bandh on Monday protesting police action on two tribal students who were allegedly beaten up for obstructing CM’s carcade on VIP Road.
Addressing media on Sunday, the advisor of TSF Upendra Debbarma alleged that a group of traffic personnel led by Constable Kishore Banik had assaulted Angle Reang (20) and Abhijit Debbarma (21) in the Agartala Traffic unit on Jan 13 last.
The boys were hit in their private parts and abused with communal words, he alleged.
Both Angel and Abhijit had allegedly been harassed further in the New Capital Complex police station after they were handed over to police.
Even the boys were not allowed to talk to their parents or inform others about the incident for a long time.
Moreover, police registered a case and served notice to Angel asking him to appear in the police station again but didn’t register the complaint of the victims yet, Debbarma told the media.
“The way our boys were attacked and harassed by police in the capital town accusing them of obstructing the CM’s convoy without any basis is nothing but an atrocity. We demanded to remove the accuse Traffic Constable Kishore Banik from the service and booked all the accused persons under Scheduled Tribes (Prevention of Atrocities) Act 1989 but the government did not do it rather attempted to protect the criminals, which prompted us to call statewide bandh as a first step of our movement,” Debbarma stated.
He further alleged that the government has closed the accused Constable from duty and a lady DSP of Traffic Unit was assigned to do the investigation, which according to him was nothing but a mockery and an eye-wash.
Because the accused Constable and investigator DSP both belong to the same wings and there will be no scope of justice. This established the attitude of the government how serious they are about the incident.
According to the report, the car of the victims was suddenly stopped near Circuit House on VIP Road ahead of CM’s convoy, which had resulted in obstruction of the movement of the Chief Minister. The youths were detained by traffic personnel and later handed them over to the police.
“We shall thoroughly inquire all the allegations including the incident of sudden stop of the movement of the vehicle of two youths on the road and whoever in the police side would be found guilty, they will be punished as per law,” Director General of Police V S Yadav said.