Tripura outcome to affect national politics: CM

Agartala, Dec 10 (IANS) The results of the Tripura civic polls which took place on Wednesday will have an impact on national politics, Chief Minister Manik Sarkar said on Thursday.

“The people will give a reply to the issue of intolerance that came to the fore after the NDA (National Democratic Alliance) government came to power at the centre,” Sarkar told reporters.

“Democracy in Tripura is vibrant and transparent. People of Tripura never tolerate intolerance.”

Elections were held to the 49-seat Agartala Municipal Corporation, 13 municipal councils and five Nagar Panchayats in Tripura. Around 89 percent of the 537,968 electorate voted in the polls in Left-ruled Tripura.

Tripura newspaper editor acquitted in triple murder case

 Sushil Chowdhury, the editor of a local Bengali language daily here who was convicted in the sensational triple murder case in his newspaper office, was acquitted by the Tripura High Court on Thursday.

Chowdhury, the editor of Bengali daily Dainik Ganadoot, had appealed to the high court against the verdict of the West Tripura district and sessions court, which had sentenced him on July 14, 2014, to jail till the last day of his life.

The high court division bench comprising Chief Justice Deepak Kumar Gupta and Justice Shubhasish Talapatra heard the appeal in September and pronounced the judgment on Thursday, acquitting the 75-year-old Chowdhury.

The editor was represented in the high court by lawyer Pijush Biswas and others.

“The high court observed that the allegations made against Chowdhury and even the statements made by one of the three witnesses were completely false,” Biswas told reporters.

On May 19, 2013, three employees of Dainik Ganadoot — manager Ranjit Chowdhury, 61, proof reader Sujit Bhattacharjee, 25, and driver Balaram Ghosh, 31, were found murdered within the office premises.

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