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Paharia Tribals Plight and Government s Indifference

even to a casual observer that most of the victims of the TNV were CPI(M) party cadres and supporters or members and sympathisers of the OMP. Members of the TUJS or Congress(I) were not attacked by the TNV. After the elections, new facts came to light which proved beyond doubt that the supposed link between the TNV and the CPI(M) was the fabrication of a fertile mind to achieve a nefarious end. Letters exchanged between Lalthanhawla and the TNV supremo, Bijoy Hrangkhawl, which were published in newspapers clearly established that the TNV was acting as an agent of the Congress(I) and the TUJS and had no truck with the CPI(M). Stationing the army and declaring the state a disturbed area without consulting the state government on the eve of the elections ostensibly to deal with the TNV menace even though the army did not fire a single shot against the TNV have left a bitter after-taste in the mouths of the people of Tripura. It may not be totally illogical to conjecture that on the eve of the Lok Sabha elections, the coalition government is trying to repeat the strategy adopted in the assembly elections to achieve its ends. It may even be conjectured that the TUJS, IN March and April this year at least 225 tribals died of a disease described till as late as the first week of April as 'mysterious' in the four tribal districts of Singhbhum, Gumala, Ranchi and Sahcbgunj in Bihar. The mysterious disease, later identified as pyogenic meningitis, first struck the Kolhan region in Singhbhum district and later spread to the neighbouring districts.

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