Two held for vandalising CPI(M) leader’s statue

Two persons have been arrested for vandalising a statue of veteran Communist leader Baidyanath Majumder at Srirampur in Unakoti district of Tripura, the police said on Friday.

District Superintendent of Police Lucky Chauhan said the incident took place on Wednesday night and two youths have been arrested in this connection. Ms. Chauhan added that the police have not found any political angle into the incident.

It may be recalled that soon after the BJP came to power in the State, a group of miscreants had bulldozed the statue of Communist icon Vladimir Lenin at Belonia, the headquarters of South Tripura district, in May this year.

Locals informed the Wednesday incident to the police who then tried to identify the miscreants.

“Two youths, identified as Litan Sarkar and Ranjit Nama, were arrested in this connection,” Ms. Chauhan said.

Baidyanath Majumder’s statue was set up in 2012 after his death the year before. Majumder was the Deputy Chief Minister of the State in the Cabinet of veteran Communist leader Dasarath Deb from 1993 to 1998.

Former Education and Law Minister Tapan Chakraborty, a senior leader of the CPI(M), alleged that the ruling BJP activists had knocked down the statue. “He was the most respected mass leader in the State, irrespective of political affiliations,” Mr. Chakraborty said.

BJP State secretary Nitish Dey demanded arrest of the miscreants behind the incident, irrespective of their political colour.

The party also took out a procession on Thursday at Kailashahar town protesting against the incident, Mr. Dey said.

State Congress president Birajit Sinha alleged that the BJP government has created a “terror-like” situation in the State.

The CPI(M) on Friday took out a protest rally at Agartala against the incident. Speaking to reporters, former Deputy Speaker Pabitra Kar, who led the rally, said, “The ruling BJP is leading a series of attacks against the Communists here. They demolished our party offices and then started bulldozing them with the government’s support. They vandalised statues of many great leaders. But Communists cannot be wiped out from Tripura by these acts.”

The ruling BJP is leading a series of attacks against the Communists here

Pabitra Kar

Tripura ex-Deputy Speaker

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