Ex-Home Minister rubbishes magisterial probe into custodial death of man in Tripura
By Our Correspondent, 13/01/2020, Agartala

The former home minister of the state and currently the opposition leader Manik Sarkar on Tuesday ruled out the magistrate level probe ordered by the Chief Minister Biplab Kumar Deb into the alleged custodial torture and death of a 38-year-old under trial man at West Agartala police station in west Tripura. "I have written to the government seeking judicial enquiry into the case where people or the family members of the deceased shall at least get a chance to put their words during the enquiry," said Manik Sarkar.

Manik Sarkar accompanied by senior party leader Pabitra Kar and others made a visit to the family members of the deceased man who was arrested suspecting him to be involved with ATM hacking incident at Agartala and later put in a jail for one day police remand.He said, "I have already written demanding for judicial probe into the case. But then the family members and other section of people are demanding for an CBI enquiry into the case which can be done later putting importance on the judicial probe which will at least enable the family members of the deceased to put their words."

Manik Sarkar later took on the police administration and said, "People of this state are losing faith on police with such incidents have been occurring along with the passage of the days." "The concerned police officers must take the responsibility of the death of this man who allegedly committed suicide in police lock-up," adding to this Mr. Sarkar said, "It is a very serious matter of concern. I doubt if the magistrate level enquiry into the case shall solve the matter."