Section 144 has been imposed to combat post-poll violence

Agartala: The state administration has imposed prohibitory orders under Section-144 of CrPC in parts of Tripura Tribal Areas Autonomous District Council (TTAADC). This step follows reports of sporadic violence after the defeat of the ruling BJP and its ally Indigenous People’s Front of Tripura (IPFT) in the district council elections.

The Tipraha Indigenous Progressive Regional Alliance (TIPRA) secured a landslide victory, winning 18 out of 28 elected seats for the 30-member district council.

The BJP won nine out of 14 seats it contested while its ally, the Indigenous People’s Front of Tripura (IPFT), could not open its account in the tribal council.

Speaking in a press conference, the West District magistrate Dr Shailesh Kumar Yadav said that Section 144 would remain imposed in the Jirania and Mohanpur sub-division areas given the incidents of post-poll violence.

“…immediate prevention and speedy remedy is desirable and that there is sufficient ground for imposing restrictions on movement in Mohanpur sub-division and Jirania sub-division of West Tripura District to prevent danger to human life, public property and tranquillity,” the order issued by the West district magistrate Dr Shailesh Kumar Yadav reads.

Similarly, district magistrates of Khowai, Gomati, South Tripura and Dhalai district have imposed prohibitory orders to maintain the law and order situation in the ADC areas.

Meanwhile, a delegation from the BJP also met with the Director-General of Police, VS Yadav, and demanded immediate measures to tackle the state’s law and order situation.

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“We have witnessed that following the announcement of the ADC results, the offices, shops and houses of the BJP supporters are being vandalised by miscreants. The violence should not be encouraged by any political party,” Nabendu Bhattacharya, state BJP spokesperson said.

Earlier, addressing the media after winning the election, the TIPRA chairman Pradyot Kishore Deb Barman had warned of strict action against those found involved in instigating post-poll violence.

Although 144 has been implemented, there have been no major reports of violence reported from across the state.

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