Agartala: Clashes between the CPIM and the BJP on Wednesday left more than 60 people injured in different places. The latest round of violence is being seen as a counterattack by both the ruling BJP and opposition CPIM party workers while the BJP was observing the “Dhikkar Rally” across the state.

In retaliation to the attack of the BJP workers in the Sonamura sub-division during the rally of former chief minister Manik Sarkar, protest rallies were organised across the state on Wednesday.

Shortly after the video of a man being brutally beaten up by masked miscreants surfaced online, the BJP workers retaliated and the party offices of the opposition CPIM was set on fire in Bishalgarh, Sepahijala district. By evening as the protest turned violent, the mob set fire on the head office and burnt down several vehicles parked outside.

The mob also attacked the office of Pratibadi Kalam, a vernacular daily and ransacked the building and vandalised the vehicle of editor Anal Roy Choudhury and motorbikes of journalists were set on fire.

The Left Front convener Bijan Dhar alleged that the CPIM party offices were set on fire across different locations including Agartala by the supporters of BJP.

“A mob entered the head office and vandalised everything they found on their way. The vehicle parked outside the office was set on fire. They even ransacked the media houses and set fire to their vehicle. The journalists were also not spared,” Dhar said.

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BJP supporters blamed the CPIM for trying to instigate violence among people.

“After the BJP formed the government in Tripura in 2018, the government has been working towards delivering a peaceful environment that the people of the state always wished for. But for the past 25 years, the new age terrorists have ruled the state by spreading fear. In the past two days, the communists and the terrorists are once again trying to instil fear,” said state BJP vice-president Rajib Bhattacharya.

He also said that the BJP supporters are ready and are showcasing the spirit of patience. But when the levy will break, the existence of the communists will no longer be found.

BJP leader and chief whip of state assembly Kalyani Roy said, “After the formation of the government in 2018, chief minister Biplab Kumar Deb told us to stay clear of political violence, and not to attack the opposition,” Roy said.

She also said the party workers of the BJP have been following the same. In fact, as per the chief minister’s instructions, we did not get involved in any political violence.

“We have seen the previous government’s rule created political terror despite coming to power multiple times. Now, after losing power, they are again trying to indulge in such activities. They think that by doing so they will come back to power,” Roy said.

The Agartala Press Club Secretary Pranab Sarkar has demanded that the government take immediate measures and arrest the culprits within the next 12 hours.

“If the media houses are not compensated, and the miscreants are not brought under the law, a massive movement will be organised,” Sarkar said.

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