CPI-M leaders holding a protest rally in Agartala on Saturday Credit: EastMojo image

Agartala: A massive rally was taken out on the streets of Agartala on Saturday to protest against the recent attacks on CPI-M workers.

West Tripura MP Sankar Prasad Datta, former deputy speaker Pabitra Kar and other senior leaders took part in the rally. While speaking to media persons, Datta said that the BJP-Indigenous People Front of Tripura (IPFT) government has failed in its efforts to safeguard democracy in the state.

As per Kar, on Friday, there was a scheduled meeting in the Bishalgarh deputy commissioner’s (DC) office where leaders such as former CM Manik Sarkar and former minister Bhanu Lal Saha were scheduled to take part, However, on their way to the venue, their convoys were stopped and they were forced to stay back inside the party office.

The same day, CPI-M MLA Narayan Chandra Chowdhury was allegedly attacked by Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) workers at Gokulnagar area of Sepahijala district.

The vehicle, in which the MLA from Kamalasagar constituency was travelling, was also completely damaged by the attackers, as per reports.

The incident took place just a day after at least 65 people, including 12 police personnel, were injured when BJP workers started pelting stones at the elected CPI-M Zila Parishad members in Belonia in South Tripura district.

The BJP workers were trying stop the CPI-M leaders, who were on their way to the district magistrate’s office to take oath as members of the South Tripura Zilla Parishad. Police resorted to fire tear-gas shells to disperse hundreds of BJP workers.

The incident reportedly happened in front of the SP’s office when more than hundred BJP workers blocked the road and started pelting stones at the CPI-M leaders as well as police personnel.

CPI-M veteran leader and MP from East Tripura Jitendra Chaudhury alleged that BJP MLA from Belonia constituency and south district president Arun Chandra Bhwomik led the saffron party workers to attack the CPI-M leaders.

Chaudhury accused the BJP of trying to kill its leaders and said: “If police personal were not escorting the CPI-M workers, then at least six party leaders would have been killed.”

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