Agartala: A local court of Dhalai district on Tuesday sent five Trinamool Congress workers to seven days jail in connection with a case filed by BJP accusing them of stone pelting, posing a life-threatening and causing public nuisance at Ambassa on Saturday.
In the incident, a team of Trinamool Congress leaders from West Bengal including its Spokesperson Debangshu Bhattacharya were assaulted allegedly in BJP’s attack on the national highway. As many as 20 persons including the injured TMC leaders were accused of attacking BJP and creating a public nuisance.
In an early morning raid on Tuesday Police arrested five TMC workers identified as Uttam Kalai, Tamal Bose, Pankaj Debnath, Nitu Malakar and Mithu Biswas and police booked them under sections 120 B, 307, 326, 392 and 427 of IPC. After hearing the case, the magistrate denied their police remand but sent them to week-long judicial custody.
According to the report, a group of BJP cadres had attacked the TMC team on Saturday on their way to Dharmanagar in North Tripura, which left as many as five people injured including Sudip Raha and Zoya Datta and two of their vehicles were damaged. After some time, TMC workers have also retaliated, which has led police to resort to lathi-charge and use tear gas.
To ensure security, TMC workers were sent back to Agartala by mobile police on highway. Meantime, BJP workers were assembled in various locations on the road to attack them again.
After getting the information police broke their journey and took them to Khowai police line middle of the way. Following pressure from BJP, police arrested them for violation of Covid curfew but the court granted them bail.
The 12 persons of team Debangshu were taken to Kolkata by TMC general secretary Abhishekh Banerjee on Sunday night in a charter flight without lodging any complaint anywhere regarding attacks on them. Since BJP had filed a case against them police launched an investigation into it and found 12 have left the state and the rest eight persons are living in the Dhalai district.
Based on the information, police this morning picked up five of the eight persons from their respective houses around Ambassa and produced them to court. However, West Bengal Law Minister Moloy Ghatak came this morning from Kolkata getting the information of their arrest
and rushed to Ambassa with local leaders.
“Police have arrested our workers on false cases and charged them with serious offences following pressure from BJP but we shall not leave it here. Biplab Kumar Deb must get ready to see the fight in the coming days. Trinamool is coming in a bigger way to relieve the people
of the state from the sufferings of BJP,” Ghatak told media.