AGARTALA, Aug 1 - Alarmed at the post-poll violence, opposition CPI (M) in Tripura on Wednesday demanded adequate security to opposition leader Manik Sarkar and party MLAs who are facing �threats�.
The police have abruptly reduced the number of security personnel provided to MLAs, MPs, former MLAs and MPs and their house guards recently. A party delegation met DGP AK Sukla and urged him to provide security to public representatives from opposition camp, said former Minister Badal Chowdhury.
Addressing a press conference, Chowdhury, a CPI(M) central committee member, said, �It is very surprising that an organised attempt is being made to restrict the movements of the opposition political leaders, particularly CPI (M) leaders through threat�. �The decision of the State Government to reduce and withdrawal of the security cover from MPs and MLAs will encourage those forces whose political intention is to restrict the opposition leaders from their democratic rights of political activities�, he alleged.
CPI (M) delegation in a memorandum submitted to the top cop mentioned the killing of their workers and leaders and continuous post-poll violence and also mentioned how former Chief Minister and opposition leader Manik Sarkar was prevented in Gandacherra and Chailengta in Longthorai Valley subdivision of Dhalai district.
Choudhury alleged that all elected opposition MLAs are threatened this or that way and face dire consequences if they try to move and maintain their public contacts. �It is a matter of great concern that security and escorts from four-time Chief Minister and incumbent leader of opposition was also withdrawn to restrict his movements�, said Choudhury.