Police marching in West Chandrapur village after violence on Sunday Credit: EastMojo image

Agartala: Villagers of Chandrapur village in North Tripura district have vacated the village following a clash between supporters of ruling BJP and Opposition CPI-M on Sunday.

Supporters of the ruling BJP have filed a complaint against 21 people in Dharmanagar police station after a clash that took place at West Chandrapura in North Tripura district, 170 km from Agartala.

Speaking with EastMojo, BJP MLA and deputy speaker Biswa Bandhu Sen said that they have filed a complaint against 21 people for attacking party workers during the poll campaign on Sunday. “The CPI-M supporters under the leadership of Dullu Miah carried out the attack over our supporters. A number of bikes and a car was burnt by them,” Sen said.

Dharmanagar police station officer-in-charge Milan Dutta said that a complaint was lodged by the BJP on Sunday night after the clash took place. “The ruling BJP party workers lodged an FIR against 21 people. However, they did not mention the name of any political party in the complaint letter.”

“Meanwhile, a search operation to nab the accused is on but we did not find anyone in the village. The entire village is empty and there are possibilities of them shifting to a nearby village,” Dutta added.

Firefighters trying to douse blazing vehicles

Meanwhile, former East Tripura MP and senior CPI-M leader Jitendra Choudhury claimed that the violence was led by none other than the BJP MLA Biswa Bandhu Sen himself.

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“Dharmanagar, which is the second largest city of the state, has been turned into a jungle raj by the BJP MLA Biswa Bandhu Sen ever since the BJP-IPFT government came to power. Chief minister Biplab Kumar Deb is instructing the workers of BJP to get violent against the CPI-M workers,” Choudhury alleged.

“The BJP leaders were busy in poll campaign in West Chandrapur village, a Muslim minority area, and they started chanting slogans like Jai Shri Ram. Following this, the locals complained and urged them not to make such slogans. After the protest made by the villagers, the BJP supporters tried to thrash some of the villagers. Later, the villagers became united against such behaviour of the BJP workers and the situation turned violent. It was a move by the united villagers and not any political party,” Choudhury said.

On being questioned if any FIR was filed, he replied: “To whom we should file an FIR? Is there any rule of law? From where will we get the justice? Goonda raaj prevails in Tripura. Let us see what happens, they are forcing us to take law into our own hands but we have appealed our supporters to refrain from any kind of violence.”

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