Agartala: At least five persons were injured, including two Tripura police personnel, in clashes between supporters of the ruling BJP and opposition CPIM in Khowai district, around 56 km from Agartala, on Thursday.

The CPIM and BJP have lodged counter FIRs blaming each other for the incident, while a suo-motu case has been registered by the Khowai district police.

According to the police, CPIM and BJP supporters engaged in a clash after the visit of the opposition’s leader in Khowai district.

“The complaints were lodged late at night on Thursday by both parties. We have lodged the case and are investigating the matter,” Khowai sub-divisional police officer (SDPO) Rajib Sutradhar said.

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He added that two police officials sustained injuries during clashes between the two political parties.

CPIM party secretary Gautam Das said his party workers were attacked by BJP-backed miscreants while they were returning home after attending a rally at Lalcherra in support of the 12 demands.

In retaliation, the CPIM supporters broke down the under construction wall of a BJP party office, which further triggered tensions in the area. Later, the CPIM party office was ransacked and vehicles of the CPIM leaders were vandalized.

Meanwhile, BJP state spokesperson Nabendu Bhattacharya said the opposition CPIM attacked their party office and had conspired the entire incident following their leader’s visit to the district on Thursday evening.

“The CPIM workers broke down the boundary wall of our party office. We have lodged a complaint with the police. We believe the police will do justice and bring the culprits under law,” Bhattacharya said.

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