Senior Tripura official suspended after rape allegation

Agartala:  The Tripura government on Tuesday suspended a senior official for allegedly raping women on Monday at his private residence here, an official said. A woman on Monday filed an FIR with the West Agartala police station here that Tripura Civil Service officer Panna Ahmed called her at his private residence here and raped her. "After getting a report from the District Magistrate and police, Chief Minister Manik Sarkar ordered the suspension of Ahmed with immediate effect," a top Tripura government official told IANS. "Government also asked the West Tripura District Magistrate and police authorities to separately inquire the incident and take appropriate action." Ahmed, the Sub-Divisional Magistrate, Sonamura of Sepahijala district, remained absconding since Monday and police have been conducting raids in possible locations to trace him and question him. "After the establishment of prima facie fact and getting a medical report of the complaint we would then consider arrest of the official," West Agartala police station officer-in-charge Milan Datta told IANS. All opposition political parties, including Congress, Bharatiya Janata Party, and Trinamool Congress have started agitations separately since Monday night to press for arrest the accused officer, who is unavailable for his comments. Ruling Communist Party of India-Marxist's state secretary Bijan Dhar told media said that if the officer is guilty, he should be punished.