At least 17 CPI (M) supporters, including women, were allegedly manhandled by BJP cadres on Saturday in different locations of Shantirbazar and Belonia in South Tripura while returning from a party program at Birchandra Manu of the district.
Senior CPI (M) leader and former minister Badal Choudhury alleged that despite lodging complaint with police, nobody was arrested so far and rather police was trying to shield the accused because of instructions from leaders of ruling party.
However, police denied the allegation and said investigation has started.
According to reports, four victims were shifted to Agartala Govt Medical College (AGMC) on Saturday night with serious head injuries while others were released after primary medication and tests at local hospitals.
CPI (M) organized a programme to pay homage to the 13 martyrs at Birchandra Manu who were brutally killed on October 12, 1988 in the party office during Congress-TUJS rule in the state. After left front came in power, CPI (M) has been observing it as martyrs’ day.
Choudhury alleged the BJP cadres attacked CPI (M) supporters in different locations of Belonia and Shantirbazar on their return after the programme.
“We urge the democracy-loving people of Tripura to raise their voice against such violent attacks and demand for arrest of the accused persons involved in the attacks. The state government has to ensure democratic environment and security of the opposition workers in the state,” Choudhury added.