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Tripura: Congress demands probe into attack on its Agartala office

Police fired teargas shells to bring the situation under control. Around 20 people, including state Congress chief Birajit Sinha, were injured.

Chief Minister Dr. Manik Saha shakes hands with victorious Congress candidate and former minister Sudip Roy Barman. (Express Photo: Debraj Deb)

A CONGRESS supporter was stabbed in front of the party state headquarters in Agartala, leading to a clash between BJP and Congress workers after bypoll results were announced Sunday.

Police fired teargas shells to bring the situation under control. Around 20 people, including state Congress chief Birajit Sinha, were injured.

Sinha sustained head injuries when stones were pelted at him. A makeshift camp set up in front of the Congress Bhawan destroyed and several two-wheelers were damaged in the clash.

Soon after, the residence of a BJP corporator of Agartala municipality, Shilpi Sen, was allegedly targeted by Congress activists. Sen’s daughter suffered minor injuries after being hit by an object hurled at the house. A BJP supporter, who came to Sen’s rescue, was also injured when he was assaulted by the mob.

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In Delhi, the Congress demanded an investigation into the attack on the party office and imposition of President’s Rule if the “state government is unable to handle law and order”.

The party decided to send a three-member delegation led by Adhir Ranjan Chowdhury to Tripura to take stock of the situation and “make a report on the heinous attack”.

“The Indian National Congress strongly condemns the mindless attack on Congress Bhawan and brutal assault on Tripura PCC president Birajit Sinha and other Congress workers by BJP goons, after the thumping victory of Congress party candidate Sudip Roy Barman in the Agartala bypoll,” AICC general secretary K C Venugopal said. “It is utterly shameful that the police stood as mute and complicit spectators while the goons stormed the office and attacked our office bearers… We demand an apology from BJP president J P Nadda and an investigation by Home Minister Amit Shah into why these attacks occurred.” —With ENS, Delhi

First published on: 26-06-2022 at 04:21:25 pm
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