TPCC chief surrenders before court

Kailasahar (Tripura), November 1: Tripura Pradesh Congress Committee (TPCC) president Birajit Sinha, who was sentenced to three-month imprisonment term, on Saturday surrendered before a local court at Kailasahar in Unakoti District.

District and Sessions judge Gautam Debnath ordered Sinha be sent to Kailashahar Sub-Jail under tight security.

Sinha had been sentenced on November 11, 2013 by the District and Sessions court to three-month imprisonment on the charge of violating the Arms Act in connection with the Babur Bazar firing incident on July 20, 2004 which caused the death of two persons – CPI(M) leader Abdul Hannan and Nikhil Deb, personnel guard (PG) of the Congress MLA.

Sinha was found carrying five more bullets than what he is entitled to along with his licensed revolver.

The veteran leader then challenged the verdict and sought leniency from the Tripura High Court which on hearing the case on September 7 last upheld the district court’s judgment.

To evade arrest, Sinha then approached the Supreme Court seeking bail and the apex court heard the matter on September 25.

The case pending in the apex court has its final hearing on November 2. (ANI)

Former union minister and renowned advocate Salman Khursid is the defence counsellor who will appear on behalf of Sinha in the Supreme Court. (ANI)

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