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Bedlam in Tripura House over rape incident

By Correspondent

AGARTALA, March 7 � Tripura Assembly on Monday witnessed uproarious scenes over the rape and murder of a woman candidate for village committee election with Opposition Congress MLAs pressing for resignation of Chief Minister Manik Sarkar.

Shortly after the question-hour, Opposition leader Ratan Lal Nath said that there should an impartial probe into the rape and murder of the woman candidate- Nilima Debbarma. Nilima, who was candidate of a National Council of Tripura (NCT) for Village Committee of Tripura Tribal Areas Autonomous District Council (TTAADC) was killed after being allegedly raped by jawans of Tripura State Rifles at Aidonkar area on February 18.

�This is a very sensitive issue as three jawans of TSR have allegedly committed the heinous crime�, he pointed out. In reply, the Chief Minister who also holds the Home portfolio, urged the Opposition leader to specify what agency he wants to undertake the investigation into the incident. Then the Opposition leader said that CBI should be the right choice to unearth the truth behind the heinous crime and the Chief Minister has readily agreed on its saying that the government would refer the case to the country�s premier investigation agency.

Even after this, Opposition legislators continued to seek resignation of the Chief Minister owing to moral responsibility of the crime. �Tripura tops in crime against women and the Chief Minister has remained a silent spectator. He should step down from the post�, said Nath.

Aiming to pile heat on the leader of the House, Congress MLAs also showed placards to the Chief Minister. The placards read - �Step down Chief Minister, owing moral responsibility�. They also raised slogans against the Chief Minister for his alleged soft stand on the issue of crime against women. Amidst chaotic situation, Speaker Ramendra Chandra Debnath tried to proceed with the business but could not due to adamant attitude of Congress MLAs prompting him to adjourn the House twice before lunch break. However, the Speaker ruled to discard some parts of the Opposition�s baseless allegation against the Chief Minister.

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