The Polit Bureau of the CPI(M)
strongly condemns the violence unleashed in Tripura by the ruling party,
the BJP, against the CPI(M) and the Left Front.
In a pre-planned fashion, the offices of
the CPI(M), including the state headquarters, were attacked by mobs of
BJP men. Among the offices which were damaged or burnt down are the
Udaipur sub-divisional office, Gomati district committee office,
Sepahijala district committee office, Bishalgarh sub-divisional
committee office, West Tripura district committee office and the Sadar
sub-divisional committee office.
The most brazen attack was on the state
committee office in Agartala. They have ransacked the ground and first
floors of the office, burnt two office cars and broken the bust of
Dasarath Deb, a revered leader of the people of Tripura.
Even the media was not spared with
attacks on the offices of an electronic media channel `PN-24 News’ and a
newspaper `Pratibadi Kalam’. The office of the newspaper `Daily
Desharkatha’, which is supported by the CPI(M), was also damaged.
It is to be noted that the police who
were present at many of these venues remained silent bystanders. In the
case of state committee office some CRPF jawans were present in front
of the office but they were withdrawn an hour before the attack began.
The impunity with which the BJP gangs
operated shows the connivance of the state government. These attacks
took place because the ruling party has tried and failed to suppress the
activities of the main Opposition in the state.
This outrageous attack on democracy and the Opposition must be condemned by all democratic-minded people and parties.
The Central government, in particular
the Home Ministry, should intervene immediately to ensure that the rule
of law prevails and the rights of citizens are protected in Tripura.
The Polit Bureau calls upon all its
Party units to organize protests demanding an end to the attacks on the
CPI(M) and protection of democratic rights in the state.
Statement by the Communist Party of India (CPI)
For last few months Tripura witnessed
violence unleashed by BJP-RSS goons against the opposition parties
mainly against the CPI (M) and other Left Parties.
Yesterday many offices including the
state committee office of the CPI (M) in Agartala ransacked and torched
by BJP goons in the presence of the Police. The Journalist and media
persons were also attacked. More than 100 workers who belong to CPI (M)
have been wounded.
This is not the first time that these
kinds of attacks are taking place. Few months before CPI state office
was also ransacked by the BJP goons.
CPI calls upon the progressive and democratic forces to oppose and protest such brazen attacks on democracy.
CPI demands that the state government should take appropriate steps to stop violence unleashed by BJP-RSS combine.
CPI General Secretary D Raja spoke to
Com. Manik Sarkar, former Chief Minister of Tripura and leader of CPI
(M) and expressed CPI’s solidarity. Left will unitedly resist the
violence of BJP-RSS combine.