At least 13 Tripura State Rifles (TSR) jawans were critically injured Monday late evening when a bus carrying 29 jawans rolled into a deep gorge in the Baramura Hills area of West Tripura district. The Jawans who are part of TSR’s 8th battalion were coming to Agartala to report for duty when the accident occurred.
“Their vehicle lost control near Bankumari area in the Baramura Range in Teliamura sub-division, over 30 Km from Agartala. It rolled into a gorge. There are no reports of casualties. However, 13 among the 29 are critical and were hospitalized”, SP Krishnendu Chakravertty said.
Meanwhile, opposition CPI (M) has alleged that the TSR vehicle was attacked by miscreants using blunt weapons, minutes before the vehicle lost control and fell into the gorge.
“I severely condemn the attack on Tripura State Rifles’ jawans in Baramura Hills. Miscreants hurled some blunt objects in the vehicles carrying jawans and as a result, the vehicle met with the accident and fell into a deep gorge….”, CPI (M) spokesperson Goutam Das wrote in a Facebook post.
The police have, however, denied the allegations. SP Chakravertty said he was not aware of any such attack.
Tripura Pradesh Congress vice president Tapas Dey has demanded a magisterial enquiry.
“I don’t know if the bus was attacked or not. But the government must take responsibility of treatment of the jawans. They must be granted extraordinary leave till full recovery. The accident should be properly investigated through a magisterial enquiry or through other proper authorities”, Dey said.
BJP spokesperson Ashok Sinha hoped speedy recovery of jawans injured in the accident. However, Sinha criticized the CPI (M) leader’s comments and said if he was aware of any such attack, he should have informed police instead of making political comments.
“It is unbecoming of a senior leader like him to make such statements. Why did he not inform the police about any attack if he was in the know?” Sinha asked.