Agartala: Post-poll violence has taken a serious turn for the last three days across Tripura as over a hundred were injured, triggering tension.
Ruling and opposition parties have been accusing each other of indulging in terror and attacking supporters of their respective parties, police report said on Saturday.
The violence began on Thursday the previous night of the assembly elections and gradually spiraled out. While the ruling BJP accused opposition TIPRA Motha, CPI-M, and Congress of attacking its supporters in different districts opposition leaders have made counter allegations against the respective local BJP candidates for mobilizing their cadres.
There is no district hospital in the state where on an average 8-10 people are not admitted due to political terror injuries. At least 22 people were admitted to Agartala Govt Medical College hospital in three days following poll-related violence. Kumarghat, Khowai, Teliamura, and different constituencies of Agartala, Bishalgarh, Sonamura, Udaipur, and Belonia witnessed the highest amount of violence during and after the election.
According to Chief Electoral Officer, Kiran Gitte, only five major incidents of violence were reported on the day of the poll and police immediately registered cases and arrested the accused. But after the election, the maximum number of central forces have been winded up for poll-bound Meghalaya and Nagaland and taking advantage of miscreants of different political parties attacking each other, election officials said.
The BJP supporters led by its candidate Papia Datta demonstrated in NCC police station on Friday afternoon in protest against the attack on BJP workers at Vivekananda residential complex in the city on the previous night. They complained that Congress MLA Sudip Roy Barman has been linked to the attack and demanded his arrest.
Moreover, allegedly a group of BJP miscreants attacked the residents of a colony of Khowai town on the charge of voting for the CPI-M Congress combine. A report from Sonamura alleged a rubber plantation of the former chief of Kalapania village panchayat was set on fire by BJP-backed miscreants for his active politics for CPI-M during the election.
However, there is no arrest of the criminals involved in the attack on the election commission observer’s car on the day of the poll, preventing the election officials from returning with polled EVMs.