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Tripura: Miscreants attack Sushmita Dev’s car, TMC campaign vehicle; party blames BJP

BJP spokesperson Nabendu Bhattacharya said his party activists had no role in the assault. He claimed the attack was a result of internal feuds within TMC

Written by Debraj Deb | Agartala |
Updated: October 23, 2021 5:56:47 am
Sushmita Dev showing her injured finger. (Photo: Twitter @AITC Tripura)

Trinamool Congress MP Sushmita Dev’s car and a campaign vehicle were allegedly vandalised in Agartala city’s Amtali area on Friday. Police have registered a complaint in connection with the incident.

According to the complaint, Dev and employees of the Prashant Kishor-led Indian Political Action Committee (I-PAC) were in the vehicle when it was attacked by unknown assailants around 1:30 PM.

“The perpetrators vandalised vehicles, physically assaulted workers of the TMC and outraged the modesty of the female party workers. This was accompanied by theft of property including mobile phones belonging to supporters of the party,” Dev said in the FIR.

Speaking to reporters, Dev, who is overseeing the party’s political activities in Tripura along with other leaders, said TMC is preparing to contest the scheduled upcoming civic body elections and would finalise a strategy after dates for the polls are declared.

Amtali sub-divisional police officer Anirban Das told The Indian Express: “We have registered a complaint today (Friday). They have complained 2-3 people were injured in the alleged attack. We are investigating.”

Meanwhile, West Bengal TMC general secretary Kunal Ghosh said on the sidelines of a press conference: “There is no law and order in Tripura. There is no democracy here. Police has turned into political slaves.”

TMC MP Abhishek Banerjee also condemned the attack: “Under @BjpBiplab ‘s #DuareGundaRaj, attack on political opponents is setting new records! Physically manhandling a sitting female Rajya Sabha MP, @SushmitaDevAITC is Beyond Shameful & Political Terrorism by @BJP4Tripura goons! The time is near. People of Tripura will answer!”

Reacting to the allegations, BJP spokesperson Nabendu Bhattacharya said his party activists had no role in the assault. He claimed the attack was a result of TMC’s internal feuds and demanded that the police take action against anyone disturbing the law and order situation.

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