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Mobs continue to stage protest over murder after rape

A Correspondent
Agartala, September 28, 2010: Tension sparked off in different several tribal villages north of Agartala following murder of a tribal woman after rape. Incidents of violence have been reported from different tribal localities on Monday night and Tuesday which prompted paramilitary Tripura State Rifles (TSR) jawans get deployed in strength to quell tension.

At least15 people some of them women when TSR resorted to baton change to disperse angry mob staging protests in front of Lefunga police station, 25km north of Agartala, on Tuesday afternoon. Some four thousands tribal men and women gathered outside the station to press demand for arrests of the criminals involved in rape and murder of 45 year old Goyesri Debbarma of Sipahipara in the area.  

Daily wage earner and mother of two children Goyesri Debbarma was found dead in naked condition into a local streamline. The incident triggered tension in the night with crowds pelting stone, attacking passengers and squatting on the highway.  

The blockade was withdrawn after midnight at a result of continued efforts by the district magistrate and the superintendent of police. The authorities assured them of a fair investigation and arrests of the accused persons.  

However situation turned unstable Tuesday morning as several thousand tribals from different localities marched to the police station to vent anger against non-compliance of the assurance by the officials and press immediate arrest of the guilty.  

At one point of time the protestors became extremely irritated and ransacked the station as well as chasing police constables. TSR already deployed resorted to a baton charge which caused injuries to some protestors.  

The body of the woman was handed over to family amidst tight security after conducting autopsy. The cremation of the body could not take place as planned with protestors demanding custody of the corpse to organise a rally.  

Meanwhile ruling CPI(M) has blamed opposition Congress - Indigenous Nationalist Party of Tripura (INPT) for trying to escalate ethnic tension and disturb peace. “The current tension in the area is fallout of a political conspiracy hatched by the opposition”, CPI(M) spokesperson Gautam Das alleged in a news conference in the evening.  

INPT denied rubbished the blame and said rape and molestation of women in state are on the rise and the CPI(M) led government is protecting the perpetrators.