Agartala: Tripura Chief Minister Manik Saha on Thursday reacted sharply over the allegations of opposition political parties of deteriorating law and order situation and claimed that the crime rate in the state has drastically been declining since 2018 when the BJP led government came to power.
He said the police are investigating each and every complaint and taking due action, which is visible in the crime and conviction rates.
In many cases, opposition parties instigate violence to malign the ruling party workers and defame the government to extract political mileage but the people of Tripura understood it very well and they will give a befitting reply to those parties in the next assembly elections, Dr Saha stated.
CM further pointed out that some political parties have been rejected by the people for their disgraceful activities and cheating behaviour in the 2018 assembly elections.
The development indicators of the state under BJP’s rule in four and half years are comparable with the 25 years rule of communists, he said, adding that people of the state didn’t forget the black days of CPM rule.
“The functioning of police and its infrastructure has improved a lot after a new government was formed in 2018. Neither police need to obtain permission from the local party leader to register a case, nor victim requires to go to local party office to seek permission to go to police station. Now system is free to function and there is a redressal mechanism if anybody has grievances,” CM attributed.
The Chief Minister on Wednesday visited Police Headquarters and reviewed the law and order situation with all senior police officials including the District’s Superintendent of Police, DIGs, IGs in presence of DGP Amitabh Ranjan.
Referring to the meeting Saha said records revealed crimes related to murder, atrocities, dacoity, and eve-teasing all declined. Hurt and assault cases, murder, and rape declined around 40 per cent in the last five months (during his tenure).
“Since the election is approaching, I directed the police to take all possible steps to maintain the law and order. They have also raised some issues regarding infrastructure and shortage of manpower as elections are coming. I have assured to solve such issues and will take up their matter with the central government,” he added.
However, the opposition CPM and Congress teased the CM and said, “Whole country knows the situation of Tripura under BJP’s rule because of media; what CM says doesn’t matter to us. Saha becomes blind to his officers and they have made all arrangements for BJP’s downfall after three months. We have full faith in Election Commission and the people of Tripura – let CM live in his comfort zone.”