Agartala: Tripura Chief Minister Biplab Kumar Deb on Tuesday condemned the attack on Leader of Opposition Manik Sarkar and other CPIM legislators in South Tripura district and sought a report from the Tripura police within 48 hours.

The chief minister formed an inquiry committee headed by the Superintendent of Police, South Tripura district.

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Former chief minister Manik Sarkar was allegedly attacked by a group of miscreants. He along with others were pelted with water bottles, bats, and sticks. Deputy opposition leader Badal Choudhury on Monday was also injured in the incident. 

The CPIM leaders had gone to visit the house of their party supporter Narayan Das who was allegedly attacked by BJP supporters a few days back. Returning from Santirbazar, the Leader of the Opposition gave details at a press conference and claimed that Tripura was now under Jungle Raaj.

He questioned the role of the higher authorities and claimed that everything was pre-planned and motivated.

According to Sarkar, “the BJP has felt that the soil under their feet is shifting in various states”. Therefore, the attacks on communists have come down. He said in a very provocative tone, “I will thank you if peace is established in Tripura in exchange for my blood.”

Following the incident, the state government has faced extreme criticism. Just a week ago, CM Deb had said that the long-running culture of terror stopped after the 2018 elections while criticising the post-poll violence in West Bengal.

Many leaders, including ruling BJP MLA and former health minister Sudip Roy Barman, condemned the attack on the Manik Sarkar and demanded immediate action by the police.

“Politics is at its all-time low in Tripura. Shocked to hear the attack upon the Leader of Opposition and other leaders in Santirbazar. I strongly condemn and demand the arrest of the hooligans,” Roy Barman said.

The Tipraha Indigenous Progressive Regional Alliance (TIPRA) chairman Pradyot Kishore Deb Barman took to his social media account and wrote, “I am not a supporter of Communists policy and the culture of violence that they introduced to our state and elsewhere. Today the Communist are gone, but this culture has remained with us.”

He also said that any violence against anyone has to be condemned, and after seeing the images of what happened to Manik Sarkar, all right thing people should condemn this.

“Action when not taken against criminals embolden them – the same happened when no one was arrested after I was attacked in SDM office before the TTAADC elections. Appeal to all to end this culture of political violence,” Deb Barman wrote. 

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