Attack on BDO in Tripura: Five accused sent to judicial custody till September 27
Agartala: Within 24 hours after the Poangbari Rural Development BDO was attacked by a group of unruly miscreants, Tripura Police have arrested five people for allegedly attacking a government official, while on duty in the public interest. They were produced before the court on Thursday.
The court remanded them in jail custody till September 27. Tensions are still high in the Poangbari area of Sabroom sub-division in South Tripura district.
Incidentally, according to the 2011 census, a survey was conducted to get government houses in the Madhabnagar gram panchayat in the Poangbari RD Block area during the Left era. Through the geo-tagging process, 240 people in the survey were selected as suitable for housing following all the rules and BDO Vijayant Sarkar started distributing houses in that process.
However, head of the panchayat of Madhabnagar village, the chairman of the panchayat and others objected to the distribution and said that it should be reviewed in a new way to which the BDO objected to and as a result, the leaders of the local ruling party disagreed with the BDO.
They pressured BDO to make a new list by canceling the previous list. Ignoring their objections, Vijayant formed a team with the officials to distribute the house. He repeatedly tried to convince the leaders of the ruling party that administrative work should not be hindered.
On Wednesday, he went to the Madhabnagar panchayat area with other employees to distribute houses. As soon as they went there, miscreants attacked others including BDO.
They physically abused the BDO and snatched his mobile phone. They also tore his clothes. About thirty to forty people attacked them in an organized manner.
The incident caused a stir in the whole area and upon receiving the news, Sabroom sub-divisional magistrate (SDM) Debdas Debbarma, Sub-divisional Police Officer Lalhim Molsom along with the police somehow rescued BDO Vijayant Sarkar from the hands of the attackers. Other officers fled and defended themselves.
BDO Vijayant Sarkar informed the district magistrate about the incident in writing. The Chief Secretary on Wednesday last directed the acting DG of Police in Tripura to take strict action.
Manu Bazar police received the complaint under section- 353/307/384/332/34 IPC and arrested Sujit Debnath (29), Sanjay Patari (24), Biswajit Pal (46), Sibas Debnath (50) and Jayant Debnath (46) last night. On Thursday, the police produced them before the Sabroom court. The court remanded them in custody till September 27 next.