Tripura Chief Minister accused of deporting police leader to Kolkata

Agartala, July 07 : Tripura Chief Minister Manik Sarkar has been accused of forcefully deporting a former police official Prabir Daschoudhury who launched a fast-unto-death here on July 1 last on a 33-point charter of demands.

Before boarding the aircraft, Daschoudhury told media yesterday security personnel had shifted him to Agartala Government Medical College on July 5 and police forced the doctors to refer him to SSKM, Kolkata.

''I gave my consent to stay at hospital only when they assured me to convey my grievances to the chief minister and allow me to meet him. But Mr Sarkar insulted me by turning down my proposal,'' Mr Daschoudhury said.

He alleged neither the chief minister nor any senior representative of the state government did meet the agitated personnel led by him. The administration rather applied force to destabilise the movement, which had triggered reaction among lower grade police personnel.

Special Police Officers (SPOs), lower grade police personnel of Tripura and civilians had joined the movement while opposition Congress supported Mr Daschoudhury.

He had approached Mr Sarkar in January when SPOs were resorting to a 'fast-unto-death' demanding an increase in wages from Rs 3,530 to a minimum of Rs 6,000 and regularisation of their services, but The CM did not pay any heed.

Altogether 3,662 SPOs were engaged in 150 camps and police stations of the state in 2001 for facilitating anti-insurgency operations. As many as 37 SPOs lost their lives during the combat operations with insurgents, but their families were not given compensation by the government till date despite several meetings with finance minister Badal Choudhury and the police chief, he alleged.

Home-guards and other lower grade police personnel, including women, had been ill-treated by their seniors and leading a miserable life in terms of social recognition, status as well as financial benefits over the past decade, he alleged.