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Many Congress Party Offices Ransacked After By-poll Results In Tripura

Several Congress party offices were ransacked and later set on fire, while leaders and workers of the opposition parties received injuries while being attacked by a section of miscreants believed to have allegiance to the ruling Bharatiya Janata Party.

Two Congress party offices were ransacked by unidentified miscreants at Belonia. Local Congress leaders of Belonia said some motor-cycle miscreants landed at the Congress Bhavan all of a sudden and broke open the lock put on the main entrance. Valuables and furniture from the building were thrown out and later set on fire. Before the locals could stop the miscreants, they had fled, he said.

The attacks took place shortly after the violent face-off between Congress and BJP supporters at Agartala.

At Khowai NC Avenue, miscreants ran amok in the city, threatening and intimidating opposition party supporters. The local Block Congress Office was vandalized, and the wreckage was dragged out to be set ablaze.

In the meantime, TIPRA leader and MLA from Shimna Brishaketu Debbarma were also attacked in the Khowai area while returning from Surma after discharging his poll-related responsibilities for their party candidate Baburam Satnami.

Similarly, attacks were carried out on shops, and residences of several people at Madhupur, a semi-urban area located in the Sepahijala district of Tripura. The locals protested the unruly behavior of ruling party workers and staged a road blockade in the main market. The police station was also gheraoed. After assurances from the police, the protests were lifted.

As per reports, several motorcycles, and vehicles were vandalized in post-poll violence shortly after the by-poll results, and to maintain the law and order situation Section 144 has been imposed in Agartala Municipal Corporation areas.

Meanwhile, a set of special directives have been issued that include a ban on pillion riders in motorcycles, a collection of brickbats, no more than two motorcycles allowed to run along with each other, etc.

Chief Minister Dr. Manik Saha has also reiterated that the party workers of the ruling BJP abstain from violence. In a tweet, Dr. Saha slammed the opposition Congress party for inciting violence and appealed to the party workers not to lose their temper.

“I strongly condemn the brutal attack of the Congress goons on our Karykarta Shri Bishal Chakraborty after the results of the bye-poll were declared. This evening I visited the AGMC Hospital & consulted with the doctors regarding his health. I pray for his speedy recovery & urge my karyakartas not to lose their temper even after such violent attacks,” the Chief Minister said.

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