Demand for suspension of West Tripura DM

Demand for suspension of West Tripura DM
BJP MLA Asish Das along with others stage sit-in protest in Agartala. (NE Now)
Agartala, Apr 28 (Agencies) | Publish Date: 4/28/2021 12:39:21 PM IST

Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) MLA Asish Das on Wednesday staged a sit-in demonstration demanding West Tripura district magistrate Sailesh Kumar Yadav’s suspension for manhandling people at a marriage function.

The BJP MLA threatened to intensify his protest and continue the demonstration if the West Tripura district magistrate Sailesh Kumar Yadav is not put under suspension, Northeast Now reported.

The MLA staged the sit-in protest in front of the Mahatma Gandhi statue located at the Circuit House in Agartala. Das said he has given an ultimatum of 12 hours to the Tripura chief minister to put the district magistrate under suspension for the “autocratic” display of power by the administrative officer. 

“Seeking suspension of the autocratic DM, I have written a letter to Chief Minister Biplab Kumar Deb. I have given an ultimatum of 12 hours to take action against him. We have sat here today. We will see how long the CM does not suspend him. The dharna will continue if steps are not taken,” said the MLA.

On Tuesday, a group of five BJP MLAs, including Asish Das, wrote a letter to Tripura chief secretary Manoj Kumar to take immediate action against the district magistrate. The BJP MLAs termed the DM’s behaviour as “boorish and uncultured”.

Tripura chief minister Deb on Tuesday night sought a detailed report from chief secretary Manoj Kumar regarding the matter. According to sources, the district magistrate was summoned by the chief secretary on Wednesday.

Reacting to the matter, Opposition leader and former Tripura chief minister Manik Sarkar said, “The government should immediately remove Yadav from the post of DM and initiate inquiry into the matter.”

DM apologises

IANS adds: Meanwhile, West Tripura District Magistrate and Collector Shailesh Kumar Yadav apologised for disrupting the marriage ceremony. “If anyone got hurt due to my action, I am apologising for that. I have done this for the larger interest of the society and the people. I have taken strict action to give a message to the people to maintain the government SOP,” Yadav told a local television on Tuesday night. 

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