Nearly 15,000 Bharatiya Janata Party activists including state unit chief Biplab Kumar Deb were detained during a civil disobedience movement launched throughout Tripura on Saturday to demand a CBI probe into the murder of a party leader in Dhalai district in December last year.
“Nearly 15,000 picketers were held during the protest. A few got minor injuries during the movement,” said superintendent of police (Control) Bhanupada Chakraborty.
The protests took place outside administrative offices and police stations in 62 different places. The protesters were released after a few hours.
The state BJP is demanding the central agency probe into the murder of Chanmohan Tripura. He was chief of BJP’s Janajati Yuva Morcha, Gandacherra Mandal committee. He was beaten to death in a tribal-dominated village of Gandacherra sub-division in Dhalai district.
The BJP has alleged that a group of CPM cadre headed by local MLA Lalit Mohan Tripura called Chanmohan from his house and beat him to death. Police had arrested a person in the case, and described him as mentally challenged. No one else has been arrested in the case so far.
“There is no law and order in the Manik Sarkar regime. More than two months have passed. Police didn’t arrest the CPM cadre who killed him brutally. We lost faith in the police and demand the chief minister hand over the case to the CBI. If our demand is not met, our movement will become more vigorous,” said Deb.
The BJP said it would organise a rally as a part of the movement at Swami Vivekananda Ground in Agartala on March 10. Union minister of state for home affairs Kiren Rijiju, Union textiles minister Smriti Irani and Union tribal affairs minister Jual Oram are expected to attend the rally, said a state BJP leader.