Updated: September 10, 2021 2:28:00 am
A DAY after offices of the CPI(M) were attacked in Tripura, the party’s general secretary Sitaram Yechury on Thursday wrote to Prime Minister Narendra Modi, alleging that the offices were targeted by “mobs of BJP men” in a “pre-planned fashion” and sought his “urgent” intervention. He claimed that police “remained silent bystanders” when these attacks took place.
Calling the violence and arson that took place at four places, including Agartala, “outrageous”, Yechury in his letter said “the impunity with which the attackers operated shows the connivance of the state government”.
“These attacks took place because the ruling party has tried and failed to suppress the activities of the main Opposition in the state,” he wrote.
The BJP came to power in Tripura in 2018, ending the 25-year uninterrupted rule of the CPI(M)-led Left Front.
Seeking the intervention of the Prime Minister to “stop these violent attacks against the CPI(M) and the Left Front”, Yechury said the “manner in which the attacks took place makes it clear that the state government is grossly failing in discharging its Constitutional responsibility of maintaining law and order and trampling on the Constitutional rights of the opposition to organise political activities in a peaceful manner”.
“The failure of the police, if not connivance, to check the violence and book the culprits makes it imperative that the central government act to enforce the Constitutional principles,” he said.
Yechury claimed that the attacks were carried out in a “pre-planned fashion”.
“Scores of offices of the CPI(M), including the state headquarters, were attacked by mobs of BJP men… Houses of many leaders and activists of the CPI(M) were attacked, ransacked or set on fire… Even the media was not spared with attacks on the offices. The office of the newspaper ‘Daily Desharkatha’, which is supported by the CPI(M), was also damaged,” he wrote.
He said the police who were present at many of the spots where violence took place remained silent bystanders. “In the case of the state committee office, some CRPF jawans were present in front of the office but they were withdrawn an hour before the attack began,” he claimed.