A local BJP party office was moderately damaged in the clash. Former BJP minister and lawmaker Sudip Roy Barman, who recently joined Congress, was lightly injured.
AGARTAL: The Tripura administration imposed restrictions under Article 144 of the CrPC (Criminal Procedure Code) in parts of Agartala on Saturday night following a clash between the ruling Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) and Congress activists during a membership program of the latter to Chief Minister Biplab Kumar Deb. Assembly Constituency, Banamalipur.
A local BJP party office was moderately damaged in the clash. Former BJP minister and lawmaker Sudip Roy Barman, who recently joined Congress, was lightly injured in the clashes. No injury reports have been made available by any party.
A senior police official said: “We have started our investigation to find out how the clashes started and who was responsible. We have not received any complaints to date. Security personnel were deployed throughout the night to avoid any unfortunate incidents. If anyone is found involved in the incident, action will be taken against them.
Later, the state administration imposed restrictions on certain places in Agartala which prohibited the gathering of five or more people in those areas.
The restrictions were imposed from 10.30 p.m. to 5 a.m.
“…it is feared that there is every possibility of other public order problems at night and the Additional Superintendent of (Urban) Police, West Tripura, Camp at SDPO Office (Sadar) has requested to issue restraining orders to maintain the law and order…..I believe that it is urgent to issue a restraining order to maintain the public peace, otherwise there may be a deterioration of the law and order,” reads the order.
BJP spokesman Nabendu Bhattacharya said, “Our mandal office has been attacked. Many of our activists were taken to hospital. We do not know very well how many of our militants were injured. The incident happened due to an internal dispute within Congress and they blamed us for the attack. Their allegation is baseless.
Roy Barman later accused the police of inaction.
Both political parties held late-night protest rallies after the clashes and demanded action against the incident.
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