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Rebel BJP MLA leads protest rally in Agartala
CORRESPONDENT

BJP MLAs Sudip Roy Barman and Asish Kumar Saha leading the rally in Agartala on Friday. – Photo: Correspondent
 AGARTALA, Jan 3 - Thousands of people today walked in a rally taken out by disgruntled BJP MLA Sudip Roy Barman to protest against the rising incidents of crimes against women.

Barman, who was removed from the State Council of Ministers on May 30 last year, had reasons to be satisfied with the massive turnout of women and children who braved the cold weather to walk in the procession in droves.

Apart from the large number of women and youths, sitting BJP MLA Asish Saha also took part in the procession. The people in the procession carried placards calling for an end to crimes against women.

Significantly, the Bharatiya Mazdoor Sangh, the trade union wing of the ruling BJP, had called a bandh today. Reports of issuing threats to people to prevent their participation in the procession also came in.

Addressing the rally in front of the Rabindra Bhavan, Barman said, “Only those fathers who have daughters can feel the pains of rape or molestation. I will be happy if today’s rally contributes a bit to reducing such heinous crimes in our society”.

Later, speaking to media persons, Barman described the rally as “totally non-political and humanitarian to focus the attention of people on a crucial issue facing the people”.

“I have no political agenda and all that I wanted was to draw attention of the people towards a social evil,” he said.

Less than 24 hours before the rally, State Law Minister Ratan Lal Nath had claimed that the State witnessed a sharp decline in cases relating to crimes against women during the past two year as compared to 2016 and 2017. The conviction rate has also shot up, indicating that the State’ law-and-order scene has improved, the minister said, adding that registration of criminal cases has gone up.

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