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A car that was set on fire by miscreants in Tripura
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TRIPURA

Tripura: Parties play blame game as post-poll violence escalates

3 killed, over 100 injured in clashes that broke out after results were declared in the two Lok Sabha constituencies of state; shops vandalised; cars, houses set on fire

Chandan Panday

Chandan Panday

Agartala: With three persons killed and over 100 injured in violence that broke out after results were declared in the two Lok Sabha constituencies of Tripura, parties have started to indulge in blame game.

"Over 100 members and supporters of CPI-M were physically assaulted and more than 19 party offices totally vandalised in post-poll violence," said leader of Opposition and former chief minister Manik Sarkar while addressing a press conference in Agartala on Tuesday evening.

Since March 3 last year, the day of declaration of the Tripura assembly election results, not a single day passed without any violent attacks upon the CPI-M leaders, members and supporters by miscreants, added Sarkar.

Religious minorities have also been attacked and they are under constant threat in Belonia, Santirbazar, Udaipur, Sonamura, Bishalgarh, Sadar and Jirania sub-divisions. In some areas, some provocateurs are trying to foment ethnic tension, Sarkar added.

Huge sums of money, ranging from R 10,000 to Rs 5 lakh, are being demanded from CPI-M supporters, due to which a member of the party, namely, Rabi Paul, resorted to suicide in Muhuripur Village of Santirbazar.

Sarkar also demanded that victims' families should be helped financially and offices of party should be allowed to open and work freely, with full security, if necessary.

Several shops were vandalised by miscreants after the results were declared for the two Lok Sabha constituencies in Tripura
Several shops were vandalised by miscreants after the results were declared for the two Lok Sabha constituencies in Tripura
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Meanwhile, while addressing a press conference in New Delhi, state Congress president Pradyot Kishore Manikya DebBarma said that the party would move Supreme Court to demand compensation for the victims of violence during the Lok Sabha elections.

"We have never witnessed such kind of violence since elections started taking place in the state. Over 200 people have become victims of post-poll violence while many lost their property and freedom in the state," DebBarma said.

"The Election Commission had promised to conduct a free and fair election in state but after polls, the people are afraid to remain at their homes and are threatened for life. Now the Election Commission or the state government has to compensate the people," the Congress president added.

On the other hand, chief minister Biplab Kumar Deb, who is also the BJP state president, said that the state unit had never passed any instruction of collecting subscriptions from people and terrorising them for supporting CPI-M or the Congress.

"Such kinds of acts will not be tolerated and stringent action would be taken against those hooligans who are trying to tarnish the image of the ruling party in Tripura," he added.

One of the injured in hospital
One of the injured in hospital
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Countering the allegations raised by former CM Manik Sarkar, Deb said, "The opposition leaders must not instigate their party workers to create violence throughout the state. They should rather instruct them to maintain peace and tranquility among all."

Government officials are examining the incidents and losses of people. Later on, they will be compensated, the CM added.

In 2013, 245 cases were registered -- 107 in pre-poll violence, 127 in post-poll violence and 11 on day of polling. In 2018, 439 cases were registered -- 235 in pre-poll violence, 196 in post-poll violence and eight on day of polling. Similarly, in 2019, 186 cases have been registered so far -- gainst 149 in pre-poll violence, four on day of polling and 33 in post-poll violence till May 27 this year.