Four BJP supporters -- Jagat Jyoti Deb, Rafael Miah, Mithu Das and Rahul Kishore Roy --sustained injuries during the clash in Dharmanagar Credit: EastMojo image

Agartala: With Tripura going to the three-tier panchayat polls on July 27, a clash between the ruling Bharatiya Janata Party and the CPI-M erupted following a campaign at West Chandrapur in North Tripura district, 170 km from Agartala, on Sunday afternoon.

Speaking with EastMojo, ruling MLA and deputy speaker Biswa Bandhu Sen said that while the BJP workers were engaged in campaigning for the forthcoming panchayat elections, a number of CPI-M supporters attacked them.

“The BJP workers, who were campaigning in Dharmanagar panchayat area, were attacked all of a sudden. The CPI-M supporters led by Dullu Miah carried out the attack,” Sen said.

Over a dozen bikes and a car of a BJP supporters, among others, were set on fire by the miscreants, Sen added.

“CPI-M supporters were carrying sharp weapons, sticks, lathis. They also fired in the air. They set fire to 22 bikes and two cars. Four of our supporters, Jagat Jyoti Deb, Rafael Miah, Mithu Das and Rahul Kishore Roy, sustained injuries. Deb and Rafael Miah have been shifted to Silchar in Assam with serious injuries,” Sen told EastMojo.

North Tripura additional SP H Francis Darlong said, “A clash between two political parties occurred this afternoon when some political party came here for a campaign. The BJP supporters were allegedly attacked by some miscreants and over 15 bikes and a car have been burnt. We are investigating the matter. The situation is now under control and adequate forces are deployed on the spot.”

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Meanwhile, Left Front convenor Bijan Dhar said that the allegations being raised are totally baseless. “No one from our party was engaged in the clash. BJP supporters are creating pressure on CPM candidates in various places of the state to withdraw their nomination papers for the upcoming panchayat polls,” he said.

One of the two cars that were set on fire by miscreants on Sunday afternoon

Earlier, a clash was reported between the BJP and their coalition partner, Indigenous Peoples Front of Tripura (IPFT), at Gandhacherra in Dhalai district of Tripura on July 3.

The Tripura State Election Commission (SEC) announced panchayat elections in the state which would be held on July 27.

The three-tier panchayat polls will be held in 6,111 gram Panchayats, 419 Panchayat Samitis and 116 zilla parishads in which altogether 12, 03,070 people, including 616,893 males, 586,176 females and one-third gender, will be eligible to exercise their franchise in 2,623 polling stations.

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