Updated: April 10, 2021 11:15:49 am
With just a day left for counting of votes to the Tripura Autonomous District Council, Tipraha Indigenous Peoples Regional Alliance (TIPRA) chief and royal scion Pradyot Kishore Manikya Debbarma was attacked at Mohanpur Sub-Divisional Magistrate’s (SDM) office in West Tripura. The SDM office was also pelted with stones despite the security presence.
There were reports of violence and tension at Mohanpur. West Tripura Superintendent of Police Manik Lal Das told reporters that the police are investigating the issue. “Pradyot Kishore went to the SDM’s office where there might have been some altercation. But he has reached back home safely and the situation is under control,” he said.
Speaking to reporters Friday evening, Debbarma said he came under attack from a group of ‘armed goons’ who forced their way inside the SDM’s office where he had gone to enquire about credentials of his party’s counting agents for Saturday’s counting process.
Debbarma earlier went live on his Facebook page showing what seemed like CCTV footage from the SDM office. In his press briefing later, Debbarma said a group of miscreants entered the SDM office and started pelting stones and attacking TIPRA supporters. The miscreants hugely outnumbered the police present on the spot, he said, while adding that Chief Minister Biplab Kumar Deb and Director General of Police (DGP) VS Yadav have enquired about his condition later, assured of strict and speedy action.
Debbarma, who resigned as state Congress president’s chair in 2019, floated his own political party this year and fielded candidates in 23 out of 28 seats of the tribal council polls which went to polls Tuesday. His ally, the Indigenous Peoples Party of Twipra (INPT), has fielded candidates in the remaining five seats. While the polls were held amidst scattered violence, Pradyot later expressed confidence that his party would get clear majority on April 10.
In an oblique reference to ruling legislators, Pradyot claimed that goons protected politically were paid to attack him. He also appealed his party supporters not to get violent or ‘react’ to any provocation and asked them to wait for Saturday’s results.
Reacting to the incident, BJP spokesperson Nabendu Bhattacharya said: “We know and are confident of BJP’s result prospects. CPI(M) is responsible for creating unrest through backdoor”, Bhattacharya said.
Polls for the TTAADC were held on Tuesday across 1244 polling stations for choosing candidates in 28 elected seats in the 30-member tribal council, which comprises 70 percent of the state’s geographical area and houses nearly one third of the state’s population from 19 tribal communities. The polls which were scheduled to be originally held within May 17 last year, were postponed due to COVID-19 pandemic. The existing Left ruled ADC council was later dissolved and its charge handed over to Governor RK Bais.
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