The Tripura government has decided to set up a well-equipped crime branch under the state police to deal with unlawful activities in the state such as drug and narcotics peddling. The decision was taken during the state’s cabinet meeting.
Speaking on the same, the state’s Law Minister Ratan Lal Nath stated that the new wing will be modeled after Delhi Police's crime branch. He said that the state cabinet has cleared a proposal to form a well-equipped police wing to arrest criminals in the state and restore the rule of the land.
• The state would be seeking expert opinion from Delhi and Mumbai’s crime branch to build the unit.
• The crime branch would seek to punish any miscreant, or anybody found having links with drug peddlers or mafia gangs.
• The branch would exclusively deal with crimes like drug peddling, indulging in social unrest and crimes on women.
• The main aim behind the move is to restore normalcy in the society.
• The two-hour-long cabinet meeting also sought a crackdown on illegal constructions across the state.
• The ruling dispensation has sought a report on government land allotment to political party offices in the state.
Explaining the same, Nath stated that all district magistrates and superintendents of police have been asked to submit details within 15 days for necessary action. He added that a separate report on land allotment to different NGOs or institutions during the Left rule will be sought for examination.
Besides this, the state cabinet also agreed to extend the term of teachers engaged under the Sarva Siksha Abhiyan. The term of the teachers was scheduled to end after March 31. The minister said that the state will retain their service till the Centre agrees to provide funds.
Crime rate in Tripura
• In 2017, there was a sharp rise in the incidences of unnatural death in Tripura.
• The state’s Chief Minister Manik Sarkar informed in the state assembly last year that around 1148 cases of unnatural death were registered in Tripura in the first ten months of 2017, which totals to death of more than three persons per day.
• However, the number was relatively lesser than the number registered in 2015 and 2016, which were 1308 and 1288 respectively.
• The rate of suicides was also slightly lesser than before with 588 people committing suicide in the first ten months of 2017 as against 740 in 2015 and 673 in 2016.
• The death toll of women in dowry-related cases in the state were 36, 28 and 19 respectively for the past three years and cases of abduction of women were 100, 120 and 119 during the period.
• The cases of rape were reported to be 240, 213 and 207 respectively for the three years.