Ratan Lal Nath, the Parliamentary Affairs and Power Minister of Tripura has initiated a magisterial investigation into the tragic Rathyatra incident that occurred on June 28, which caused the death of eight individuals, including three children, and causing injuries to 32 others.
During a discussion in the Assembly regarding the chariot disaster, Minister Nath stated that the government has taken this step to uncover any shortcomings or negligence from both the authorities and the organizers involved.
CPIM MLA Dipankar Sen raised a significant matter by submitting an adjournment motion and urged Speaker Biswabandhu Sen to prioritise the discussion of this matter, even if it meant suspending other business in the house.
However, the Speaker refused to allow Sen’s adjournment motion. As a result, opposition legislators, including Opposition (TIPRA Motha) leader Animesh Debbarma, CPIM legislature party leader Jitendra Choudhury, and Congress’ Gopal Chandra Roy, expressed their protest, which lead to a heated argument on the issue.
In response to the opposition MLAs’ request for a judicial investigation led by a sitting High Court judge, Minister Nath stated that the state government would consider the demand once the magisterial probe is completed.
Notably, on June 28, a tragic incident occurred in the Kumarghat area of northern Tripura, where eight individuals, including three children, were fatally electrocuted when an iron chariot came into contact with an overhead high-tension wire.
Additionally, 32 people suffered severe injuries during the return journey of Lord Jagannath’s chariot.