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CPM murderer salvo at BJP entrants

Agartala: Two of the five leaders of the Indigenous People's Front of Tripura (IPFT) who joined the BJP on Tuesday are accused of murdering television journalist Santanu Bhowmik and currently declared absconders, CPM spokesperson Goutam Das said here on Wednesday.

At a news conference, Das said a chargesheet, submitted by the special investigation team (SIT), included the names of six absconding persons. The list had Ramendra Debbarma alias Ramendu and Pushrai Debbarma alias Somendra among four others.

The SIT, headed by G.S. Rao, submitted the chargesheet to the court on December 16.

The duo joined the BJP as "youth IPFT leaders" on Tuesday. They were inducted into the party by state in-charge Sunil Deodhar.

The CPM on Wednesday demanded BJP leader Sunil Deodhar to immediately hand over the accused to the police and said law should take its own course.

Das said the CPM believes that the IPFT is a façade of the banned insurgent group, National Liberation Front of Tripura (NLFT)'s Biswamohan faction.

The CPM spokesperson came down heavily on the BJP for holding talks on an alliance with the IPFT and said the party was in direct political alignment with such separatist forces. The IPFT has been struggling to obtain a separate state for Tripura's indigenous communities under the name Twipraland.

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