AGARTALA: A day after the CBI booked its leaders in the case of a journalist’s murder, the Indigenous People’s Front of Tripura (IPFT), a coalition partner of the ruling BJP, alleged that a conspiracy had been hatched by some people to harass the party.
IPFT Assistant General Secretary Mangal Debbarma claimed that it was his party that first raised the demand for a CBI inquiry into the killing of journalist Shantanu Bhowmik on September 20 last year during the Left Front rule.
“We shall extend all possible support to the CBI for their initiative to unearth the truth. We want real culprits to get punishment. But there is gossip that a few IPFT leaders are associated with the incident. We vehemently oppose such gossip,” Debbarma said.
The IPFT leader’s press conference came a day after the CBI registered an FIR on the killing and booked three IPFT leaders, including MLA Dhirendra Debbarma, along with 300-500 members of the party.
Bhowmik, who worked with an Agartala-based TV news channel, was abducted and stabbed to death at Mandai, around 25 km from here, in West Tripura district while covering an agitation and road blockade programme by the IPFT.
“Our party is confident that the CBI will be able to unearth the truth,” Debbarma said.