CPI (M) state secretary Goutam Das speaking to reporters in Agartala. (File image)

The Tripura CPI (M) has said that there has been a rise in crime due to the severe economic crisis in the state.

CPI (M) state secretary Goutam Das told reporters in Agrtala that the party feels crimes have up in the last 20 months of BJP-rule due to the economic crisis.

Das said cases like thefts, robbing, picketpocketing have increassed manifold during this period.

“People are forced to keep their ration cards as mortgage for food, sell their children, even commit suicides in villages. Severe economic crisis has gripped the state,” Das said.

He said works allotted under NG NREGA, Tripura Urban Employment Programme (TUEP) etc have broken down.

Taking a dig at chief minister Biplab Kumar Deb,  Das said National Crime Record Bureau (NCRB) has put Tripura among the top states in India in terms of rapes and murders.

He said political crimes including murders, attacks on party leaders, workers at mass gatherings are backed the BJP.

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