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Girl’s death sparks protests in Agartala

Student activists protest outside the Chief Minister's residence in Agartala on Thursday.

Student activists protest outside the Chief Minister's residence in Agartala on Thursday.   | Photo Credit: Abhisek Saha

16-year-old student of Women’s Polytechnic, died under mysterious circumstances last month.

Street protests over mysterious death of a 16-year-old female tech student continues in the city with activists of students wing of opposition Trinamool Congress staging noisy stir outside Chief Minister’s residence on Thursday. Senior police officers rushed to scene after members of Trinamool Chatra Parishad made surprising appearance in the high security zone and ordered their arrests.

Earlier on Wednesday, students from different technical institutes blocked a busy road in the capital to demand the arrest of culprits and swift investigation into the ‘murder’ of Anwara Choudhury, a first year student of Women’s Polytechnic, a state government run institution. The girl died almost a month ago after her relatives admitted her with severe abdomen pain.

Anwara was pursuing her education while staying at her maternal uncle’s house in Pratapgarh. Fellow students of Women’s Polytechnic who had spearheaded agitation, alleged she was either poisoned or assaulted to face a tragic death.

The cycle of protests resurfaced after investigation made no headway into sensational death the. Two reports – one submitted by a committee that inquired into ‘gross negligence of treatment’ of Anwara Choudhury at the G.B.P Hospital and the other of post-mortem conducted after exhuming her body – were not revealed.

The issue has assumed political overtones with protests from various parties including NSUI, ABVP and others.

Students affiliated to the Trinamool Chatra Parishad gave staged a demonstration near the residence of Chief Minister Manik Sarkar who also holds home portfolio. “The culprits are protected by the ruling CPI(M) and police are prevented from making progress in the investigation”, Vicky Prasad, state president of Trinamool Chatra Parisahd Parishad, alleged.

Security has been beefed up across the city in view of the protests.

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