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Agartala: At least twelve persons, including MLA Sudhan Das and Tripura State Rifles (TSR) personnel, were injured in a clash between the ruling BIP and CPI(M) supporters. The CPIM supporters were protesting against the fuel price hike at the Rajnagar assembly constituency under the South Tripura district on Sunday

Counter FIRs were registered by the Tripura Police on Monday but no arrests were made by the police at the time of filing the story.

Speaking with reporters, sub-divisional police officer (SDPO), Belonia, Soumya Debbarma said CPI(M) supporters organised a street corner meeting in Rajnagar against price hike after a procession in Rajnagar Bazar on Sunday.

Similarly, the BJP supporters also organised a meeting opposite the CPI(M) meeting and started slogans against the party, after which the situation turned violent.

“The supporters of both parties started shouting slogans against each other, following which the supporters of both parties started pelting stones. The police resorted to mild-baton charges and fired tear gas shells to disperse the mob,” Debbarma said.

He also said that complaints from both the CPI(M) and BJP parties were received against each other and investigation has begun in this regard. The SDPO also said that none of the party had obtained permission from the police to organise the meetings. However, the police had deployed adequate force in the area to avert any untoward incident and clash between the parties.

“The clash left around twelve persons, including MLA Sudhan Das and a TSR personnel injured. Some were shifted to Belonia hospital for treatment,” the official added.

The CPIM state secretariat body, in a press statement, condemned the attack. The party said their party workers, including MLA Sudhan Das, were injured and admitted to the Agartala Government Medical College (AGMC).

Reacting to the incident, Tripura BJP spokesperson Nabendu Bhattacharya said several BJP party supporters, including Mandal president Ranjit Sarkar, were injured.


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