Agartala: An angry mob vandalised the vehicles of the additional superintendent of police, sub-divisional police officer and other officers inside a police station complex for allegedly arresting three youth on suspicion of being involved with extremist activities. The incident took place on Friday night at the Ganganagar police station of Dhalai district of Tripura, around 108 km from Agartala, when locals stormed the police station to forcefully release the youths arrested by the police for interrogation.

Speaking with reporters, Mohanta Reang, one of the locals, said they came to the police station to demand the immediate release of the three people picked by the police.

“The police arrested three innocent persons in connection with an extremist-related case, even though they have no evidence of their involvement. We demand their release, or else, we will continue our protest before the police,” Reang said.

Speaking with reporters, Kishore Debbarma, Dhalai district superintendent of police, said they registered an extremist-related case based on which three youths were picked up and interrogated on Friday. “We had information, and during interrogation, we received some evidence including exchange of sim cards which proved that these youths have contact with the militant groups,” Debbarma said.

He also said that the local people wanted to release the three arrested persons, which was illegal.

“We tried to make them understand and prevent the situation, but they did not listen and wanted to escalate the situation,” Debbarma added. He said that the locals attacked the vehicle and also wanted to enter the police station premises.

“To control the situation, the police had to use mild force and to disperse the unruly crowd from the complex. We have sufficient force deployed in the police station, and the situation is under control,” Debbarma said. The Ganganagar police will produce the three arrested youth before the court on Saturday, seeking their police custody for further interrogation in this case.

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