Agartala: Former Tripura chief minister and leader of opposition Manik Sarkar on Friday came out in support of the statement made by his party leader and MLA Bhanu Lal Saha which has led to widespread protests demanding police action for instigating violence in the state.

Speaking with reporters, Sarkar said that in the prevailing situation, if the CPIM leaders have expressed their views, they have not committed any crime.

“They have not asked people to attack anyone, at least what I understand from the statement. Bhanu had said that nobody will help people; they have to save themselves and be prepared for that. Let us see where it goes from here,” Sarkar said.

He also said that the CPI-M does not believe in violence and it was an attempt of the BJP to hide their failure by misleading the people to suppress the opposition.

“It is not known to me if any arrest order has been issued against them, but the reaction has come all the way since the BJP-IPFT government came to power. From day 1, violence started and the leaders of CPI-M, Congress and now common citizens are being attacked here and there. The statement has come because the state has failed to work and control the situation,” Sarkar added.

Multiple cases were filed against three CPI-M leaders including former minister Bhanu Lal Saha, former MP Jitendra Chaudhury and Left Front convenor Bijan Dhar for instigating violence across different police stations by the BJP workers.

The Amtali police station on Friday summoned the Left Front convenor Bijan Dhar for investigation in regard to his social media posts. Dhar was grilled for almost three hours by the cops at Amtali police station, around 7 km from Agartala, for allegedly instigating violence with his provocative messages on social media accounts.

After coming out from the police station, Dhar said that across the state FIRs have been lodged in an attempt to harass the CPI-M party leaders.

“I was called for investigation by the Amtali police. Accordingly, I came here along with two of my advocates in due time. The interrogation continued from 11 am to 1:45 pm where I was asked a few questions regarding the Facebook posts in regard to ongoing attacks on families in the Badharghat area,” Dhar said.

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He also said that he would be cooperating with the cops in the course of investigation. “I am a politician and this had been done by the opposition party with political vendetta. The FIRs have been filed to support the criminals who are attacking the people across the state,” Dhar added.

Investigating officer Jayanta Kumar Dey said that a case under Section 120B, 153, 153A, 506 and 109A of the Indian Penal Code (IPC) was registered against three persons and a notice was issued to Bijan Dhar.

The investigation officer and two more accused will be summoned on Saturday and Monday for further investigation in connection with the case.

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