ripura chief minister Biplab Kumar Deb on Thursday met Union minister for home affairs Amit Shah in New Delhi on Thursday and urged him to expedite CBI investigations into the Rose Valley scam and murder of two journalists in the state in 2017.
Deb, who also holds the home portfolio of the state government, tweeted: “honoured to meet @HMOIndia Shri @AmitShah ji today in New Delhi. We had extensive discussions on various issues. Informed him about various development works of our state government and the pro-people policies that we took. He has appreciated our works and assured further support.”
He also wrote that during the meeting with @HMOIndia Shir @AmitShah ji he had requested him to speed up the CBI investigation into the Rose Valley chit fund case and the case of murder of popular journalists. “The culprit involved in both cases should get severe punishment,” Deb wrote.
“The CBI investigation into the Rose Valley chit fund case will give full justice to poor investors of Tripura. Accepting my request hon’ble HM has instructed top officials to expedite investigation for both the cases. It is expected that in a few days CBI will come to Tripura in this regard,” Deb wrote in his tweet.
During the second day of the fifth session of the Assembly this month Deb had said the state the government would sell properties of the chit fund companies in the state and would distribute the money among those who were cheated by them.
Deb said his party had promised that investigations against the chit funds and the non-banking financial companies (NBFC) would be initiated and 83 such cases were registered after the BJP-led government came to power in March last year.
He added that after completion of the investigations , the government would sell their properties and distribute the fund among the victims who were cheated by those companies.
The Tripura government raided the offices of many chit fund groups in 2016 and confiscated movable and immovable properties of the Rose Valley group from 20 places in different parts of the state. In 2016, Tripura High Court had issued an order to the state government to set up a special investigation team to probe the corruption of chit fund groups and the NBFC.
On Thursday, Deb also urged Shah to expedite CBI investigation into the murder of two journalists in the state in 2017.
Shantanu Bhaumik, a reporter of Din-Raat, a local TV channel, was killed when he went to cover an incident in Mandwai, about 30km from here. He was attacked with sharp weapons while covering a road blockade by the IPFT.
On November 22 the same year, Sudip Datta Bhaumik, also a journalist, was shot dead allegedly by a jawan of the Tripura State Rifles at RK Nagar, about 20km from Agartala.
He was a senior reporter with the Bengali daily Syandan Patrika and Vanguard, a local TV channel.