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Agartala: The Tripura police have booked the All India Trinamool Congress general secretary Abhishek Banerjee and five other senior leaders from his party for misbehaving and obstructing the on-duty police officers.

The development comes two days after TMC leader and MP Abhishek Banerjee, along with West Bengal education minister Bratya Basu, MP Dola Sen, TMC spokesperson Kunal Ghosh, Tripura leader Subal Bhowmik and Prakash Das entered inside the police station and created pressure on the police to release the party workers.

Speaking with EastMojo, Khowai district superintendent of police Kiran Kumar said the police have filed a case against the TMC leaders under sections 186 for voluntarily obstructing public servant on duty and for common intention under section 34 of the Indian Penal Code.

“The leaders were booked under these sections for obstructing a government servant and would be summoned by the police,” the Khowai SP said.

Banerjee had arrived at the Maharaja Bir Bikram (MBB) airport in Agartala on August 8 and commented that people might need a Visa from chief minister Biplab Kumar Deb to enter Tripura.

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“They are the people who give big speeches on democracy. Now people can see that the opposition is not allowed to move out, hold programmes and even on entering Tripura the police are being directed to arrest the TMC supporters,” Banerjee had said.

The TMC leaders had put a lot of pressure on Khowai police station, demanding release of 14 TMC workers arrested by last month. Banerjee, Dola Sen, Bratya Basu, Kunal Ghosh and even Jaya Dutt did not leave the police station even at the request of the police officers. As a result, there was tension at the Khowai police station “due to their aggressive attitude”.

Reacting to the police action, TMC leader Subal Bhowmik said that they did not create any obstruction in the duty of the police officials.

“We have been falsely booked 48 hours after the visit of senior party leaders to the police station. They have booked us under section 186. We are being harassed by the police and the administration is being misused for political agenda,” Bhowmik said.

The police move comes day after BJP spokesperson Nabendu Bhattacharya said the TMC leaders had misbehaved with the police officials during their visit to Tripura.

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