Agartala: At least 30 people, including police personnel, were injured on Thursday after a clash between supporters of the ruling Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) and the Congress erupted near Sepahijala wildlife sanctuary, around 22 km from state capital Agartala.
Charilam Mandal president Rajkumar Debnath and 15 other BJP workers sustained injuries and were rushed to Bishalgarh sub-divisional hospital, while Congress’ Belonia block president Arun deb and 12 others also sustained injuries. A number of Tripura police and TSR jawans also received minor injuries in the clash.
Speaking with reporters, BJP pradesh vice-president and MP Pratima Bhoumik said that the Charilam Mandal president and some of the BJP supporters came under attack of Congress workers. When the party workers retaliated, the Tripura police resorted to lathicharge leading to injuries of around 15 BJP supporters.
“At a time when even for marriage ceremonies there is a limit of 50 people due to COVID-19 pandemic, how could the Congress organise a big event calling supporters from other parts of the state? Even the state government had to organise the birth anniversary of Maharaja Bir Bikram Kishore Manikya and former Prime Minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee’s death anniversary in presence of a limited number of people,” Bhoumik said.
The Congress party is celebrating the birth anniversary of former Prime Minister Rajiv Gandhi by unveiling a statue, how can so many people travel to Agartala to join the programme when there is no permission for us and other social programs, she questioned.
“Our party workers have demanded suspension of those police officials who have intentionally ordered for using force on the party workers and leading to grave injuries. We will demand from the state government and the director general of police to investigate the matter by forming a commission against those who have been named in the incident,” MP Bhoumik added.
She also said that the BJP would fight politically against its opposition parties even though we are in the government.
Reacting over the incident, senior Congress leader Subal Bhowmik said that two buses full of party workers from South Tripura district bound to Agartala were stopped by BJP workers and the supporters were beaten by them.
“At least 12 Congress supporters including Belonia block Congress president Arun Deb were injured in the attack and are undergoing treatment. Even though they faced attack from the ruling party, they did not give up. We will not tolerate any violence against instigated upon our party supporters,” Bhowmik said.
Meanwhile, deputy inspector General, northern range, Soumitra Dhar, said that a clash between two groups was reported in Sepahijala area following which the police used force to dispatch the mob from the spot.
“A number of people from the two groups sustained injuries during the clash, while some of our TSR jawans and policemen also sustained injuries while bringing the situation under control,” Dhar said.