AGARTALA, Oct 31 - Tripura Pradesh Congress Committee (TPCC) president Birajit Sinha, who was sentenced to three months rigorous imprisonment, surrendered before the District and Sessions Court at Kailashahar in Unakoti district on Saturday.
After the surrender, District and Sessions Judge Gautam Debnath sent the veteran leader to Kailashahar Sub Jail amidst tight security. Sinha was sentenced to three-month rigorous imprisonment by the District Court for his involvement in Babur Bazar firing incident on July 20, 2004.
Two persons � Abdul Hannan, a CPM leader and Nikhil Deb, personnel guard of Congress MLA were shot dead in the incident. Later, two FIRs were filed at Kailashahar police station. After carrying out investigation, the Investigating Officer had submitted chargesheet against the MLA.
After a prolonged hearing, the District and Sessions Court pronounced the verdict sentencing Sinha to three-months rigorous imprisonment.
However, Sinha had challenged the verdict and sought leniency from High Court of Tripura. But the High Court, after hearing the case, had upheld the District Court�s judgment. To evade arrest, Sinha then approached the Supreme Court seeking bail but the apex court told him to surrender before the authority at the earliest.
Today�s surrender is in accordance with the Supreme Court�s directive. �We have already approached the apex court seeking bail for TPCC president Birajit Sinha and the court will hear the petition on November 2�, Harikrishna Bhowmik, a Congress leader said here.
Sinha will get a relief if the apex court grants him bail on November 2 or else the veteran leader will have to spend three months in jail, according to legal analysts.