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and that they would have openly described as 'butchers' had they been not tribal people from some 'remote' area. Many terrible things have happened in the country in the years since Independence and many more terrible things are also bound to happen, given the nature of the problems the country is facing. Even if all the nearly 2,000 people that are now under arrest are to be awarded exemplary punishments, it is unlikely that the fundamental issues posed by the tragic events of June will disappear. Reviewing the events of June, the state committee of the CPI(M) quite rightly acknowledged that the party and the government in which the party dominates had failed to make the "democratic and struggling people of Tripura politically conscious". But whether such political consciousness can be roused by taking recourse to arbitrary and executive actions under so-called 'laws' which owe their historic origins to the desire of the Government of India to defeat the communist movement in the region more than thirty years ago is something that the party and the administration in which the party has a leading position should seriously ponder over. Surely, the CPI(M) in Tripura cannot in one breath express its "indignation'' at the role of the police which it accuses of persecuting "anti-riot elements and also a good number of CPI(M) workers and sympathisers with a view to humiliating the CPI (M) and the Left Front government" and at the same time be indifferent to the political and Iong-term implications of appearing to enthusiastically promote the adoption of such patently anti-democratic measures as the Tribunals of Criminal Jurisdiction Ordinance or the Criminal Procedure Code Ordinance, one of which enables summary death sentences to be passed on people accused of such vague crimes as "waging war against the State" and the other enables undertrials to be detained without trial for upto six months or longer.

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