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Tripura police launch massive hunts for TMC leaders

Two days ago police arrested five accused from the Ambassa area and booked them under sections 120 B, 307, 326, 392 and 427 of IPC

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Agartala: In connection with the case filed by BJP against 20 Trinamool Congress workers including its state-level leaders of West Bengal Debangshu Bhattacharya, Sudip Raha and Jaya Datta, police have launched a massive hunt in different locations of Dhalai, North and West Tripura districts and arrested the driver of Debangshu’s vehicle early this morning from the western outskirt of the city.

Two days ago police arrested five accused from the Ambassa area and booked them under sections 120 B, 307, 326, 392 and 427 of IPC. A local court has sent them to week-long judicial custody, as defence lawyers couldn’t justify their bail demand and convinced the court about their allegation of political atrocities on TMC workers.

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Since 12 of the accused in the case have been left for Kolkata, state police reportedly alerted airport security to detain them as soon as they land in Agartala until arrested. Reportedly, Tripura police have also planned to send a team to Kolkata for arresting the accused Trinamool leaders and bring them on transit remand, which has triggered fear among the local workers.

According to the report, although Trinamool Congress workers have been found injured in stone and brick pelting allegedly by BJP supporters in Ambassa on Aug 7 last on the national highway and claimed to be denied medical care in the hospital, no complaint has yet been registered against BJP workers.

Trinamool Congress leader Ashis Lal Singh however, alleged despite lodging complaints against BJP workers soon after the attack police didn’t register the case instead, implicated false allegations against TMC leaders following pressure from the top level of BJP and said, “We know the situation of police under Biplab Kumar Deb government. Police are being pressured to arrest as many as 40 of us implicating serious charges and put us behind the bar for at least three months.”

Meanwhile, police raided the house of the driver of Debangshu identified as Surajit Sutradhar early this morning. Ashis Lal Singh and others have been on the run for the last three days, which prevented Trinamool activities at the ground level. Allegedly, police are now adding the name in the accused list to whoever they found involved in Trinamool activities.

Tripura police on Wednesday registered a self-incriminating case against All India Trinamool Congress national general secretary and Loksabha MP Abhishekh Banerjee, West Bengal education minister Bratya Basu, Rajyasabha MP Dola Sen, TMC leader Kunal Ghosh, Subal Bhowmik and Prakash Das for obstructing government work on Sunday.

Police have registered the case in Khowai police station under sections 186 and 34 of IPC and started an investigation into the complaints. All the accused leaders had gone to Khowai police station on Sunday and fought with the police officers for five long hours over the reason for the arrest of 12 TMC workers who had been allegedly attacked at Ambassa.

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