Post-poll violence

Politics of barbarism

State-sponsored violence can be seen in Tripura after every election, may it be assembly or panchayat or urban body or ADC elections. Communists introduced this politics of barbarism in 1978, the year it first came to power. In uncivilized attacks of the communist cadres, so far, thousands of non-communist political workers have been killed. Inhumane torture, ransacking properties, burning of houses and shops, rape of women – all types of heinous crimes allowed by the followers of Karl Marx. Violent cadres execute the plan of bringing social revolution with arms in hand. They create terror in opposition camp with a view to succeed in gaining total control on society. Let me mention a few out of thousands of election-oriented violence in communist-ruled Tripura in recent times. March 15, 2013 – Facing tremendous uproar in the state assembly, chief minister Manik Sarkar said, “I have asked the director general of police to take steps irrespective of political connections to stop the violence. All district magistrates have been asked to submit reports within 10 days about the hostilities.” The Congress leaders alleged that many women were raped and people left Tripura for neighboring Assam and Mizoram and even Bangladesh to evade attacks. Faruk Mia, an elected member of Panchayat for Congress, when returned from works found his house and two vehicles torched by the cadres in the bordering area of Ragna in North Tripura on April 14, 2014. Haradhan Reang of Karbook in Gomati district was brutally killed in mid-February 2013 for joining in INPT leaving CPIM. The same month, another opposition worker Ritesh Sarkar also was murdered in Nalkata area of Dhalai district allegedly by the workers of ruling party. March 13, 2013 – A group of unruly CPM cadres stormed and ransacked the residence of Premtosh Debnath, a defeated candidate of Congress in assembly election from Sabroom in South Tripura. CPIM cadres forced Sabroom Nagar Panchayat member Smt. Nibha Basak to walk in the victory procession of CPM on March 13, 2013. In the month of March 2013, the furious workers of the party in power attacked the house of local opposition leader Sanatan Debnath in Salema under Dhalai district. CPM cadres have a free-run for police take no action. A three member team of BJP parliamentarians, headed by national vice president SS Ahluwalia visited the state’s violence-hit villages of Sonamura, Belonia and Udaipur on July 28, 2014. Shri Ahluwalia later said BJP supporters across the state were being attacked by CPM cadres since July 14, a day before Gram Panchayat polls were held in the state.

Opposition is enemy

Communists introduced in Tripura the theory of enemy. Whoever opposed their view in society or politics was considered their enemy. Under unbearable pressure thousands of enemies were compelled to accept the religion of Karl Marx. For the arrogants, treatment like social boycott (including barring invitation in communist family, no entry in common market or shops, no water, no electricity, no ration, no BPL card), burning of properties, destroying the sources of income, transfer to extreme areas or implication in false cases etc. introduced. The worst affected areas of brutal enemy theory were undivided South Tripura and Khowai, Sipahijala and West Tripura districts. Crime, scandal, corruption and insurgency – all were used for a common purpose, that is, consolidation of, and, permanence in power. Like in Kerala and West Bengal Tripura Communists also introduced political violence heavily. Violent attacks on supporters, workers and grassroot leaders of the opposite parties remained a regular program. Pre, during and post poll violence play decisive role in the elections, may it be Panchayat, Assembly or Parliament. Politicized administration and police always stood silent spectators whenever Communist cadres launched crackdown on political enemies. Just during 2003 assembly elections, 122 incidents of violence took place against opposition workers by the Communists in which 12 persons killed and 158 persons injured. Source : Assembly Encouragement to violence ? “Addressing the delegates on 27th evening, CPIM PB member Manik Sarkar called for building a model and militant party organization in the state which will encourage the other state units.” – CPIM’s 21st Tripura State Conference - Source : cpim.org