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Tripura Govt Opposed PIL Seeking SIT Probe In ‘Communal Violence Incidents’ In The State

The BJP-ruled Tripura government has strongly opposed in the Supreme Court a petition seeking a SIT probe into the communal incidents of violence in the state. 

Opposing the petition, the Tripura government has said in the Supreme Court that, before the assembly elections in West Bengal and after the elections, there were many violence, these violence became the subject of discussion all over the country. 

But none of the petitioners appeared. Suddenly their so-called interest for people woke up because of some examples in a small state like Tripura. The Biplab deb government has sought dismissal of the petition in the Supreme Court to hand over the investigation of Tripura violence to the SIT with heavy fine.

Notably advocate Ehtesham Hashmi had recently filed a public interest litigation seeking a probe by the SIT in the violence case in Tripura. Opposing this petition, the Biplab deb government filed its reply in the Supreme Court. Responding to the PIL, the BJP government said that the petition is self-proclaimed. 

He said that the petition is based solely on the basis of the finding reports. He also alleged that it was sponsored by human rights organization CFD and People’s Union for Civil Liberties PUCL. He said that Hashmi’s present petition is also the result of such self-styled report ‘Humanity under attack in Tripura – #MuslimLivesMatter’. 

He said it was a one-sided, exaggerated and distorted version of events in Tripura and based on that. Legally there is no truth in this matter. The Tripura government, in its affidavit, has said that, the so-called ‘public spirit’ of the petitioners did not turn into large-scale communal violence a few months back, but suddenly woke up due to some instances in a small state like Tripura. 

The state government said, the SC should draw a line between professionally lit public spirited citizens and goodwill litigants. The Tripura government has called the report a “unilaterally exaggerated and distorted statement of events”. 

The Tripura government says that the already registered cases in which arrests have been made against the perpetrators of the Tripura violence, Pakistan’s links with the ISI are also being probed. Earlier, the Supreme Court had issued notices to the Center and the Tripura government, seeking their response in two weeks. 

Prashant Bhushan, on behalf of the petitioner, had said that steps were not being taken by the state government in this matter. Petitioner advocate Ehtesham Hashmi has filed a petition demanding an independent, credible and fair investigation by the SIT into the attack on Muslims in Tripura. 

Hashmi was in the fact-finding committee for the Tripura violence, who was booked by the police under the UAPA. 

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