BSF ADG meets CM, assures of proper enquiry

By Our Correspondent

Agartala, Mar 20, 2017 : After passing of three days of the cold-blooded killing of three civilians by BSF firing at Chitabari along with Indo-Bangla border in Sabroom subdivision of South Tripura, the Additional Director General (ADG) of Eastern Command of BSF, R P Singh along top officials of BSF visited the spot of the incident and interacted with BSF troops and local police officers on Sunday.

The frontier headquarters of BSF, Agartala through a press communique on Monday said that “following the unfortunate incident of clash between a group of villagers and BSF personnel on March 17 under BOP Bhangamura of 31st battalion of BSF under BSF sector Udaipur, resulting in firing and loss of three civilians life and ADG (Eastern Command) of BSF R P Singh, IG of Tripura frontier, U C Sarangi, DIG Brajesh Kumar, DIG Hardeep Singh and DIG(Ops) Dinesh Kumar Boora visited the spot and had interaction with BSF troops as well as the local police officers present there”.

The BSF press communiqué added that on Monday the BSF official team has been called by Chief Minister Manik Sarkar and also held meeting with DGP of Tripura police and other senior officers of the state administration.

R P Singh, ADG of BSF condoled the death of three civilians and he also told that a ‘Court of Inquiry’, chaired by a senior officer from outside the Udaipur sector has already been initiated to conduct a thorough inquiry into the incident, mentioned the BSF press release and added that suitable administrative action has been initiated to prevent recurrence of such incidents in future.

It may be recalled here that protesting the killing of three innocent villagers at Chitabari along with Indo-Bangla border by BSF jawans, CPI (M) had called a 12-hours strike in Sabroom subdivision of South Tripura on Saturday last. The ruling CPI (M) and All India democratic Women’s Association (AIDWA) had also organized several protest demonstration across the state on Saturday.

But, the Friday incident was related to an attempted rape and molestation by BSF jawans on patrol in the bordering area. Suralaxmi Tripura (31) a mother of one child, had been returning home in the afternoon after working in a rubber garden. She was caught sight of alone by three patrolling BSF jawans who attempted to molest and rape her. But Suralaxmi's cries for help reached the ears of villagers who rushed to the spot to rescue her. But, BSF jawans opened fire, killing three people including Suralaxmi Tripura, Minkumar Tripura (38) and Padma Kumar Tripura (37). Two other villagers were injured and identified as Shyam Chandra Tripura and Jiban Tripura.

After the incident, Chief Minister Manik Sarkar had asked the Chief Secretary Sanjeev Ranjan and DGP to collect actual facts of the incident. A high level official team led by Tourism Minister Ratan Bhowmik and Rural Development and Forest Minister Naresh Jamatia along with principal secretary GSG Ayyangar had also visited the trouble-torn areas and talked to the villagers on Saturday.

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