Fresh violence broke out between the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) and the Communist Party of India (Marxist), in various regions of Tripura on Wednesday.
According to reports, a section of BJP workers took to the street to protest an alleged attack on the party cadres during former Chief Minister Manik Sarkar’s rally in Dhanpur on Monday.
Similarly, it is also said that the trouble started at Udaipur town in Gomati district after CPM's youth wing Democratic Youth Federation of India took out a procession, in which a few activists from the rally allegedly attacked a ruling BJP activist who was passing by.
Miscreants also vandalised the CPM offices in Bishalgarh under Sepahijala District, Udaipur under Gomati and Agartala city and set ablaze several vehicles parked outside.
As said by the police, a group of BJP activists, who were camping nearby, retaliated by attacking the DYFI procession.
CPI (M) general secretary Sitaram Yechury called the incident “fascistic assaults” and said, “CPIM offices across Tripura continue to be attacked by the ruling BJP. Thousands of party workers are injured, party properties destroyed, including houses of party leaders. Shall be resisted and defeated.”
In an official statement, the party has blamed the BJP and said that the attacks were being unleashed in “connivance” with the state police.
During clashes, an office of a vernacular daily was also vandalised and its premises were also damaged. Several journalists have also sustained injuries in the violence.
Condemning the violence, the Trinamool Congress MP Abhishek Banerjee tweeted, “Violence & Hooliganism is so ingrained in the BJP Tripura govt. that today the fourth pillar of DEMOCRACY was BRUTALLY ATTACKED! We stand in solidarity with the media fraternity and remain committed in our fight towards REMOVING the Duare Gunda Model of Biplab Deb from Tripura.”
On the other hand, the BJP has blamed the opposition CPM for instigating violence to disturb peace in the state.