Thursday, 31 March 2016

Congress calls Tripura shutdown seeks CBI probe into leader's killing

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The opposition Congress in Tripura on Wednesday burnt effigies of Chief Minister Manik Sarkar, and called for a 24-hour shutdown on April 18 demanding a CBI probe into the assassination of former health minister Bimal Sinha 18 years ago.

"The Congress has called a 24-hour strike on April 18 demanding a probe by the Central Bureau of Investigation into the assassination of Bimal Sinha in 1998 and the resignation of the chief minister," Tripura Congress president Birajit Sinha told reporters.

"Without the CBI inquiry, the real truth would not be revealed.

"As the Yusuf Commission report accused Sarkar, the Congress has no other alternative to raise these demands and launch a massive stir," he said.

Birajit Sinha, a former minister -- who was accompanied by party legislator Gopal Roy and the party's women's wing chief Kalyani Roy -- said the Yusuf Commission report blamed the then Left Front government, Left parties and the chief minister.

"Hence, Sarkar has no morality to remain the chief minister and home minister of the state."
The judicial inquiry commission headed by retired Calcutta High Court Justice M.A. Yusuf submitted its report to the state government in January 2000. It was presented in the assembly on March 23 following a Tripura High Court order.

The commission was formed in 1998 to probe the assassination of Bimal Sinha and his brother by the banned National Liberation Front of Tripura on March 31, 1998, at Kamalpur in northern Tripura.

The ongoing session of the assembly on Monday witnessed bedlam over the assassination.
Commenting on the report, opposition leader Sudip Roy Barman said: "To hush up the real truth, the Left Front government has not cooperated with the inquiry commission. The state government, headed by Chief Minister Sarkar at that time, had rejected the Congress's demand to probe the assassination by the CBI."

According to the Yusuf Commission report, neither the state government nor Tripura Police was responsible for Bimal Sinha's killing. It said he was solely responsible for his and his brother's killing.

Reacting to the Congress's allegations, Communist Party of India-Marxist (CPI-M) central committee member Bijan Dhar said: "Their allegations are wild and a complete lie. If they have any such evidence, why did they not submit the same before the judicial commission when it sought the views of all concerned during the probe?"

Challenging the Congress, Dhar and party central committee member Gautam Das said that if the Congress failed to prove its charges, its members must resign from the assembly.

Courtesy: The Statesman
30 March, 2016

Tuesday, 29 March 2016

Bedlam in Tripura assembly over ex-minister's killing

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The Tripura state assembly on Monday witnessed bedlam over assassination of former Tripura health minister Bimal Sinha and his brother in 1998, with the opposition Congress demanding a fresh probe in it.

The pandemonium started after Speaker Ramendra Chandra Debnath rejected an adjournment motion moved by opposition leader Sudip Roy Barman. The house had to be adjourned twice due to the uproar in the house.

The adjournment motion sought to discuss the judicial inquiry commission's report on the assassination of the former minister and his brother 18 years ago.

The report of the inquiry commission, headed by Justice (retd) M.A. Yusuf of the Calcutta High Court, submitted before the government in June 2000, was presented in the state assembly on March 23 following the Tripura High Court order.

"To hush up the real truth, the Left Front government has not cooperated with the inquiry commission. The state government, headed by Chief Minister Manik Sarkar that time, had rejected the Congress' demand to probe the assassination by the CBI (Central Bureau of Investigation)," Barman told reporters after the adjournment of the house.

"The Yusuf Commission identified 27 accused relating to the killing, but none was punished so far," he said.

"Surprisingly, the state government filed repeated petitions before the sessions court, the high court and the Supreme Court to let off three heinous criminals who were among the 27 accused. However, all the courts rejected the state government's appeal," he added.

Demanding a fresh inquiry into the former minister's killing, Barman accompanied by former opposition leader Ratan Lal Nath, state party president Birajit Sinha and other leaders alleged that Sinha was killed as he wanted to be the chief minister.

Referring to various comments of the commission, the Congress leader said if the CBI had probed the murder, many things would have been exposed against the ruling Communist Party of India-Marxist (CPI-M ) and its leadership.

According to the report of the Yusuf Commission, neither the state government nor Tripura Police was responsible for Sinha's killing. He was solely responsible for his and his brother's killing.

Sinha and his brother were shot dead by proscribed National Liberation Front of Tripura (NLFT) on March 31, 1998, at Kamalpur in northern Tripura.

The Commission in its findings said: "Minister (Sinha) used to instruct his security personnel to remain far away from him whenever he went to meet the collaborators of the militants. He never allowed his security and escort personnel to come nearer to him or to accompany him... this he did for the release of his brother Bikram Sinha from the clutches of the militants."

The slain minister's younger brother had been kidnapped by the NLFT weeks before the sensational killings.

The Yusuf Commission was appointed by the Left Front government in 1998 and submitted its report on January 31, 2000.

Following a writ petition filed by advocate Kalyani Roy, who heads the state Congress' women's wing, the Tripura High Court recently asked the state government to publish the report.

March 28, 2016

Tripura tables Sinha murder panel finding,report puts onus on

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Tripura government today submitted the report of the Yusuf Commission into the assassination of former Health Minister Bimal Sinha in the state assembly today. 


"The Commission finds that neither the state government nor the Tripura police was responsible for the assassination of minister Bimal Sinha. The minister was solely responsible for his assassination...," the report claimed. 


Sinha was shot dead by the ultras on March 31, 1998 at Kamalpur subdivision in Dhalai district. 


The Commission in its purported findings claimed, "minister (Sinha) used to instruct his escorts to remain far away from him whenever he went to meet the collaborators of the militants and he never allowed his security and escort personnel to come nearer to him or to accompany him..." 


The report further claimed, "This he did for the release of his brother Bikram Sinha from the clutches of the militants". 


The slain minister's younger brother had been kidnapped by the insurgents of the banned insurgent outfit, National Liberation Front of Tripura. 


The Yusuf Commission was appointed by the Left Front government in 1998 which submitted it's report on Jan 31, 2000, but the government did not publish the report. 


Following a writ petition filed by an advocate in the Tripura High Court, the court recently ordered the government to immediately publish the report and the government contended before court that the report would be tabled in the budget session of the Assembly.

March 24, 2016
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