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Tripura: Cong MLA writes to speaker for security, alleging threat to life from mafia

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AGARTALA, Aug 18: Alleging that there was a threat to his life, Congress MLA Birajit Sinha wrote to
Tripura assembly speaker Biswa Bandhu Sen, demanding security.
In a letter addressed to the speaker, Sinha said he received the threats because of his stand against
‘mafia raj’ in the Drinking Water and Sanitation (DW&S) Department in Kumarghat and Kailashahar in
Unakoti district.
“They intend to attack and potentially kill me. Given the gravity of the threats and potential peril they
entail, I am compelled to seek reassurance and support from the esteemed Tripura Legislative
Assembly,” he wrote in the letter.
Speaking to reporters, he said, “Recently, tenders were floated for 60-70 works under the DW&S
department. Of that, seven projects were in my constituency Kailashahar. Since the executive engineer
of DW&S was hesitant to give a green signal for initiating the works, I lodged a complaint with Chief
Minister Manik Saha. By this time, the executive engineer of Kumarghat cancelled the works for these
seven projects.”
Claiming that a mafia of the area was agitated after he lodged a complaint with the chief minister, Sinha
said he also wrote to the state home secretary and director-general of police for security.
Pointing to the attack on him at Tillabazar in Kailashahar during an election campaign in 2003 in which
his personal security guard was killed, the Congress leader said, “I hope the competent authority will
take proper steps for my safety.” (PTI)

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