The CPI(M) demands that the attacks and violence against the CPI(M) Left and all opposition parties should stop; attacks on media should stop and they should be allowed to function freely; the miscreants responsible must be arrested and prosecuted; compensation must be given to those whose homes, shops and other property destroyed; false cases against opposition party leaders and workers should be withdrawn.
Shri Sitaram Yechury, General Secretary of Communist Party of India (Marxist), wrote the following letter to the Prime Minister of India on the violence let loose on the CPI(M) and the Left Front in Tripura.
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 BJP, showing its true character and colour, is not allowing any democratic activity of the opposition in Tripura. This is unacceptable and will be resisted and rebuffed.
The barbaric action of the police against an ailing leader who is an MLA for eight terms and a former Minister in the Left Front government deserves the strongest condemnation. The BJP government in Tripura cannot evade its responsibility in this matter.
Such actions will not suppress the CPI(M) nor tarnish its image as the people of Tripura know very well the exemplary and honest record of the Left Front government. The CPI(M) will fight the case against Badal Chowdhury both legally and politically.
The Polit Bureau of the CPI(M) strongly condemns the continuous attacks on the CPI(M) offices and the leadership in Tripura by the BJP-led state government.
In this continuing spiral of violence against the CPI(M), on December 28, Gautam Das, Secretary of the Party’s Tripura State Committee along with Ratan Bhowmik, MLA were waylaid and attacked at Bishalgarh town, while they were returning from Mirza, Udaipur. A few days earlier the same gang of miscreants had attacked former Minister and current Chairperson of the PAC, Bhanulal Saha.
The Polit Bureau of the CPI(M) strongly condemns the action of the BJP state government of Tripura in cancelling the registration of Daily Desharkatha, a progressive newspaper.