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A total of 16 IPFT supporters were allegedly injured in the past three days as clashes erupted between the party and the ruling BJP in Tripura
A total of 16 IPFT supporters were allegedly injured in the past three days as clashes erupted between the party and the ruling BJP in Tripura|Representational image
TRIPURA

Cracks wide open: Allies IPFT, BJP at loggerheads in Tripura

Several leaders have been falsely implicated in police cases across state, alleges Mangal Debbarma, assistant gen secy of the alliance partner in ruling coalition govt

Chandan Panday

Chandan Panday

Agartala: Criticising the ruling Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) for employing its ‘goons’ to attack its supporters and followers, the Indigenous Peoples’ Front of Tripura (IPFT) has blamed its the ‘big brother’ for trying to make them leave the ruling alliance to gain their vested political interest.

Addressing media persons, Mangal Debbarma, assistant general secretary of the IPFT, said that following its success in the Lok Sabha elections 2019, the BJP cadres in Tripura are continuously attacking the IPFT and other non-BJP supporters across the state, especially at Kuwaiphang (Julaibari), Jampuijala, Sadar North, Khowai and Dhalai districts of Tripura.

“IPFT leaders in various divisional committees have been falsely implicated in different cases in police stations across the state,” Debbarma alleged.

Around 12 am on June 14, some miscreants of BJP allegedly attacked the house of Prem Sadhan Tripura, president of the Gandacherra Divisional Committee of the IPFT, and damaged properties at his house. The house of Jibanjoy Reang of IPFT at Ambassa was also vandalised, added Debbarma.

“The IPFT is having a strong hold in areas like Autonomous District Council and now, the BJP is trying to capture those areas by attacking, threatening our workers,” Debbarma alleged.

Meanwhile, the senior leaders of the IPFT will meet chief minister Biplab Kumar Deb to take adequate steps to control the situation, failing which, there won’t be any other option left for the party to think over the alliance with the BJP, he added.

It is also alleged that the BJP supporters attacked the house of Prem Sadhan Tripura and set fire to his newly purchased car. Family members of Tripura also sustained injuries during the attack.

Even during the victory celebration of BJP on June 16, IPFT supporters were allegedly attacked at their party office by the “goons” of the BJP. Two IPFT workers, Tijendra Tripura (19) and Bishwa Joy Tripura (33), also sustained injuries.