Agartala: The ruling CPI(M)  in Tripura on Friday observed the 'martyr day' to commemorate the deaths of 13 people, including 11 party cadre, who it alleged were "killed" during the Congress-led regime 25 years ago.

"Eleven CPI(M)  cadres and two security personnel were butchered in Birchandra Manu village in 1988 when the Congress-led government ruled the state," Communist Party of India-Marxist (CPI(M)) state secretary Bijon Dhar told reporters.

A series of programmes has been planned by the CPI(M)  to mark the day. People assembled in large numbers Friday at Birchandra Manu, about 85 km from here, where a 50-foot memorial was built earlier in honour of those killed.

Chief Minister Manik Sarkar, who is also a CPI(M)  politburo member, and the party's central committee member Badal Chowdhury were among those who addressed the gathering.

Dhar, also a CPI(M)  central committee member, alleged that during the Congress-led coalition's regime (February 1988-April 1993), total 301 CPI(M)  leaders and workers were murdered across the state.

"Ahead of the assembly elections, we want to expose the killings and anti-people policies of the Congress before the people, especially the new generation," he said. The assembly polls in the lone Left-ruled state in the country are scheduled for February next year.


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