Agartala: At least 12 CPI-M workers were injured during a protest rally over their five-point charter of demands when they were allegedly attacked by activists of ruling Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) at Teliamura, around 45 km from here, in Tripura on Thursday.
The incident also left six CPI-M supporters seriously injured. They were rushed to Agartala Government Medical College.
According to reports, CPI-M workers along with other organisations have been staging protests across the state against the rise in prices of petro-products and commodities.
On Thursday, once again, the CPI-M supporters were protesting against the anti-people activities of the ruling BJP government when the incident happened.
The Khet Mazdoor Union’s state committee had organised a rally over five important demands including 200 days of MGNREGA works, hike in MGNREGA wages, helping people during the coronavirus pandemic, and drinking water problems.
“Activists of the CPI-M had a well-organised rally at the initiative of the Ghilatali division committee in accordance with all the guidelines of the current COVID-19 pandemic for deputation to the panchayat. But in front of the police, around 15 bike-borne miscreants of the BJP stopped the procession and launched a sudden attack,” the CPI-M state secretariat body said.
It also said that they started hitting the CPI-M workers with sticks in front of the police who were allegedly acting as mute spectators.
As a result of the attack, six CPI-M supporters were seriously injured on the spot, said reports. They were identified as Sukumar Das, Haripada Sarkar, Monindra Sarkar and CPI-M Khowai district member Ajay Ghosh, among others.
The injured were rushed to Teliamura sub-divisional hospital, but as the condition of three CPI-M activists was critical, they were immediately referred to AGMC hospital.
Many activists were also injured and are staying at their respective homes. However, Ajay Ghosh, a member of CPIM Khowai district Committee, said that anarchy is being imposed across the state.
“There is no rule of law, there is no democracy. Opposition parties are not allowed to organise rallies. Whenever any programme is organised for the common man, the BJP-backed miscreants carry out unprovoked attacks,” he said.
Meanwhile, Teliamura sub-divisional police officer (SDPO) Sona Charan Jamatia said that no permission was given to organise a rally to any political party due to the prevailing situation.
“CPI-M supporters took out a rally; on the other hand, BJP also marched. Both the CPI-M and BJP supporters appeared in front of one another and an untoward incident took place. However, two beat police personnel were there and they somehow controlled the situation. We reached the spot and everything was brought under control. A case has been filed by BJP. However, no case has been filed by CPI-M supporters yet,” Jamatia added.