Manik Sarkar alleges attack on CPI-M delegates by BJP hooligans
Agartala, May 10 (PTI) Opposition leader in Tripura Manik Sarkar said on Monday that hooligans sponsored by the ruling BJP in the state attacked CPI-M delegates during their visit to the homes of supporters of the went to Shantirbazar in the southern district of Tripura.
Police said, however, that unidentified youths threw stones but none were injured.
Sarkar, also a CPI-M Politburo member and former chief minister, said delegates visited the homes of party supporters who were allegedly attacked by BJP goons on Wednesday as they celebrated the anniversary birthplace of social thinker Karl Marx in front of a CPI-M party office.
The delegates were led by Sarkar and the others were the Deputy Leader of the Opposition, Badal Chowdhury and others.
BJP thugs showed them black flags and chanted “Turn over Sarkar” slogans.
Police reportedly asked delegates to return given the situation. When the delegates returned to the main roads, the attackers hit them with bricks, he said.
Nirupam Datta, the police officer of the Shantirbazar subdivision, said none were injured in the incident and that the police had to resort to lathicharge to disperse the attackers and provide protection to the ICC delegates. -M.
Sarkar alleged that the state police director general had been informed in advance of the visit by CPI-M leaders, but that they were still attacked.
“It was a pre-planned attack, which could not have been possible without the indulgence of the state leadership. Law and order had collapsed in the state and the attacks on workers CPI-M party are increasing day by day, he said.
Tripura Education Minister and cabinet spokesperson Ratan Lal Nath said the attackers were not BJP workers.
They are former IPC-M activists, who have been deprived and exploited during the IPC-M’s 25 years of mismanagement. They attacked their party leaders in revenge, Nath, who is also a BJP leader, told reporters.
The CPI-M is trying to create panic and “fish in murky waters”, he added. PTI JOY KK KK KK
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