Agartala, Dec. 12 (ANI): The Opposition Congress has demanded the arrest of expelled Communist Party of India (Marxist) legislator from Amarpur constituency in South Tripura, Manoranjan Acharjee, on charges of him molesting a minor girl. They had earlier secured his resignation from the assembly.
The action against him snowballed into a political issue with the opposition Congress demanding his arrest.
Congress alleged that Chief Minister Manik Sarkar, who is also in-charge of the Home, of suppressing the incident and encouraging women atrocity by not arresting the culprit.
“Back on 27th November a minor girl was sexually abused in the party office itself and after that the entire incident was suppressed. This incident clearly reveals that the Chief Minister Manik Sarkar is a person who encourages atrocity against women in this state. Had it not been then this person (Acharjee) would have been in the jail fifteen days back. This (arrest) has not yet taken place and they (CPIM) are thinking on it.Indian constitution has no provision allowing any political party to interfere in criminal act,” said Congress spokesperson Dr Ashok Sinha.
“This is his government that actively shield all these characterless people. We are demanding to Manik babu that you get Manoranjan Acharjee arrested and if you cannot then assign the task to someone else and who can. There is no reason in not doing this and as per the constitution. There is no reason why in spite of a home minister being fully aware of the incident that occurred 15 days back but still the culprit has not been booked.” He added.
The CPI (M) state committee had expelled Acharjee last night after examining an internal probe report over the incident reportedly occurred on November 27.
This is the third incident of expelling of a CPI (M) MLA on allegation of moral turpitude during the recent past. Earlier Ananta Paul from North Tripura and Kartikanya Debbarma were also expelled.
Meantime, CPIM party secretary Bijan Dhar during a press conference said, “According to our party constitution we had decided such thing now what the opposition’s stand or the individual’s stand or the stand of the family they will decide. ……..Party has exercised maximum power in this regard and without any gap.”
The CPI (M) in a statement said, the leader has been expelled from the party and he resigned from the assembly after party state committee found him guilty on a moral error charge.
Reports said Acharjee molested the daughter of an owner of Beauty Parlour at Amarpur town in his constituency. Acharjee who faced ire of the state committee of the party on Thursday has denied the allegations and viewed that he is a victim of a conspiracy. (ANI)