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BJP ally in Tripura reacts to CBI probe over scribe murder

  • Published at 08:39 pm July 3rd, 2018
This September 20, 2017 photo shows Indian journalists at a road blockade set up over the killing of journalist Shantanu Bhowmick in front of the chief minister's residence in Agartala, the capital of northeastern state of Tripura AFP

CBI reportedly booked three IPFT leaders in connection with the murder case

The Indigenous People’s Front of Twipra (IPFT), an ally of the ruling Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) of the northeast Indian state of Tripura welcomed the CBI investigation initiated into the murder of TV journalist Santanu Bhaumik.

The IPFT however stated simultaneously that a ‘ploy’ is being hatched by some elements to blot the image of the party.

“IPFT was the first party to demand a CBI probe into Santanu Bhaumik’s murder,” said the party Assistant General Secretary Mangal Debbarma to reporters in Agartala yesterday.

Adding that the party is prepared to extend all possible cooperation to the CBI for disinterring the truth behind the murder, Mangal Debbarma said, “Sophistries over IPFT’s involvement in the journalist’s murder are doing the rounds. These are merely rumours and we strongly vent our opposition against it.”

Earlier on Sunday, CBI reportedly booked three IPFT leaders in connection with the murder case.

On being enquired whether he believed his party comrades to be falsely accused by CBI, Mangal replied, “We are yet to have the full details on this matter. But we feel some conspiracies are being hatched.”

Debbarma alleged that opposition parties in Tripura might be involved in the conspiracies.