Tripura: Several TMC leaders, workers arrested for violating COVID restrictions


More than 80 Trinamool Congress (TMC) activists and leaders, including Asish Lal Sinha, the party’s Tripura unit president, were arrested on Wednesday from Unakoti district of Tripura as they assembled violating the COVID-19 protocols, the police said.

The TMC leaders had gathered at Gournagar in northern Tripura's Unakoti district to pay homage to the 13 martyrs who were killed in police firing at a Youth Congress rally led by then Congress leader Mamata Banerjee in Kolkata in 1993.

Parth Munda, the officer-in-charge of the Kailashahar police station informed that 21 people were arrested and put in a temporary jail for violating the COVID restrictions and making an unlawful gathering.

"The arrests were made in presence of an Executive Magistrate," he said.

However, Sinha, the party president claimed that 82 activists and leaders, including him and TMC’s Unakoti district president Anjan Chakraborty, were arrested despite them maintaining COVID restrictions.

Meanwhile, condemning the "arrest", West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee said, "The BJP wants a dictatorship. They don’t allow others to organise their programmes."

(Edited by Aparmita Das)

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