C Times, 26 July 2017, Agartala
A 40-year-old BJP worker Nishi Kanta Chakma was hacked to death in Dhalai district’s Chaileghta on yesterday afternoon by a group of alleged CPIM workers, the latest in a spate of political killings in the state in last 2 months above 50 BJP workers had been injured and 2 workers were killed.
A BJP worker Nishi Kanta Chakama, who was seriously injured in the attack by CPI-M cadres attack at Chailengta succumbed to his injuries in GB hospital after battling for life for the last few days. With Chakma’s death the toll in the series of political clashes at Chaileghta in Dhalai district.
Nishikanta, a hardcore BJP worker was seriously injured when the CPI-M cadres ganged upon Upendra Reang and Nisikanta Chakma while returning from the market. That led to series of attacks from both the parties.
Soon after the incident, he was taken to first Manu and then Kulai hospital from there he was rushed to GB hospital. He was kept in ventilation since then. Nishikanta was an active member of BJP at Chailengta under Dhalai district and under his supervision, the base of Lotus party strengthen in the district.
Yesterday, when Nishikanta’s death spread, hundreds of BJP workers and supporters gathered in Manughat Town Hall and held a pally sparking fresh tension.
The police security in and around the Chaileghta and Manu area in Dhalai district has been tightened to avoid any further escalation.
Today the dead body of BJP martyr Nishikanta Chakma arrived at party headquarter, BJP state president Biplab Kumar Deb said, “There were extensive attacks on BJP workers by CPIM goons in different parts of the state, so to stay cautious of any such threats and repel them, if need be.”
The killing has drawn a strong reaction from Tripura Vice president Subal Bhowmik, who said Dhalai should be declared a “disturbed area” and the Armed Forces (Special Powers) Act or AFSPA should be imposed in the district.
“Since the government has failed to curb the violence, AFSPA should be imposed in Dhalai to maintain law-and-order”, he said.
Last month, state BJP president and observer had visited Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh complaining that the state police force was ineffective and the CPIM was indulging in state-sponsored violence.
Now the question arises, how BJP state president Biplab Kumar Deb will save his party activists and how many lives BJP families have to sacrifice in coming days before 2018’s Assembly Election.