Tripura’s Congress chief attacked, party calls for dawn-to-dusk strike
Tripura’s Congress unit called for a dawn-to-dusk strike on monday. The unit will be protesting in the state against the alleged attack by cadres of BJP on Congress’s state unit president.
On Sunday, Pijush Kanti Biswas, State’s congress president was on his way to attend a meeting at Bishalgarh in Sepahijala district, along with some of his party workers. They were allegedly attacked by BJP supporters. The area in which they were going to attend the meeting is nearly 30 kilometres from Agartala.
Biswas narrated the whole incident and said, “We had a scheduled meeting. As we reached there, some BJP cadres attacked us with the intention of murdering us. They have injured me, my driver and some party activists and also vandalised my car. Though the incident happened in front of police, they didn’t intervene.”
“Seven of us were injured during the attack carried out by a group of BJP-backed goons, while I was visiting Bishalgarh in Sepahijala district this morning,” he said.
He even said that the police just stood there and watched as silent spectators, while the goons attacked him. The police did nothing to prevent the assault.
Sepahijala, SP Krishnendu Chakravertty responded to these allegation by the chief and said, that the Congress leader had been warned several times against attending the party event on Sunday as there had been reports of possible law and order problems. He ignored the warnings and was adamant on continuing with the event.
Biswas also accused BJP for being undemocratic and barbaric.
Congress spokesperson Hare Krishna Bhowmik said, “We appeal to the people of Tripura to unite against the BJP-led government. The present situation of the state is worse than the previous CPIM government.”
The party announced a 12 hour strike in the state to protest against the attack.
The ruling government, BJP has refused the allegation on them by congress. BJP state spokesperson, Nabendu Bhattacharya, said that the party believes in peaceful democratic movement of opposition and does not believe in violence. “This is CPIM operational procedures; we don’t encourage this in BJP,” he said.
Another BJP leader said, “We don’t believe in violence. No one from our party has any kind of involvement in the incident.”
The case has been registered and according to the police they will start an investigation to find out the culprits behind the incident.