Agartala: All India Trinamool Congress’ (TMC) general secretary Abhishek Banerjee landed himself on panic upon his arrival in Tripura on Monday. Right before Banerjee’s arrival, commotion and panic over an abandoned bag at the VIP parking lot of Agartala’s Maharaja Bir Bikram Airport had set the tone.

Chaos ruled the Agartala airport on Monday morning after CISF personnel reported an “unattended hand baggage at parking area in front of the arrival gate.” The area was evacuated around 9 am, and the bomb squad and dog squad teams activated.

While the dog squad reported negative for explosives, the EVD (Explosive Vapour Detector) machines reported the presence of explosives. This was enough to engage the Bomb Threat Assessment Committee (BTAC), even as the CCTV footage placed ownership of the bag with an arrival passenger from Kolkata.

“The BTAC declared it as a non-specific threat and procedures, as per SOPs, were carried out. For the safety of the passengers, the suspected bag was shifted to the cooling pit and will be kept there for 24 hours. Meanwhile, efforts are being made to trace the passenger who left the hand baggage,” an airport official said.

Meanwhile, speaking with reporters upon his arrival, Banerjee said the “jungle raj in Tripura has reached the final stage” and that there is nothing left to say about law and order now.

Targeting Chief Minister Biplab Kumar Deb over the government’s attempt to stop him from holding a rally in Tripura despite police permission, and the government’s failure to maintain law and order, Banerjee said, “Trinamool cannot be stopped by threats now.”

Commenting on the arrest of TMC leader Saayoni Ghosh on Sunday, the TMC general secretary said, “After entering the police station, the BJP-affiliated thugs attacked and fought in front of the police. The situation has reached such a stage that the police, journalists and doctors are all being attacked.”

Banerjee said he was the one who asked Sayooni Ghosh to say the slogan (Khela Hobe)
over which she has been arrested. “However, the police are not arresting those who carried out the attack. That proves that anarchy has increased indefinitely in the state,” he said.

Terming that attempts are being made to plunder democracy by force, Banerjee said that injustice cannot be allowed to continue in this way.

“Democracy-loving people want free elections. To put it bluntly, the TMC will not leave even an inch of land without a fight,” he said.

In the morning, before Abhishek Banerjee reached Agartala, an abandoned bag was spotted by security personnel in the VIP parking lot at Agartala’s Maharaja Bir Bikram (MBB) airport.

The airport police station was immediately informed and a bomb squad rushed to inspect the abandoned bag before declaring it safe. However, the abandoned bag at the airport had caused a lot of panic for some time.

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