Tripura witnesses clash between IPFT & BJP workers; Section 144 imposed

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AGARTALA | Aug 01, 2019:

Tripura was, on Thursday, yet again struck by political clashes when "unruly" IPFT workers and supporters allegedly attacked the BJP workers in Jampuijala market, injuring many of the safron party's workers.

To prevent escalation of the clash between two parties' workers, large number of police personnel were deployed to manage the situation.

After the incident, the SDM of Jampuijala, Sanjit Debbarma imposed prohibitory orders under section 144 in entire Jampuijala subdivision for thirty six hours.

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An uneasy lull has been reported from the Jampuijala area but no more untoward incident has taken place so far.

Sources informed that since last Tuesday, BJP party unit of Jampuijala had launched a three-day programme in the community hall in front of Jampuijala subdivisional administration office.

However, due to heavy rain, the 'Swachh Bharat Abhiyan' could not be observed on Tuesday and yesterday evening the BJP workers started the programme at 11-00 am.

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Police had asked them to refrain, citing reasons of permission but the BJP workers and local leaders said that they had kept the administration informed of their programme.

After the programme, the BJP workers and supporters went to a nearby local hotel for their lunch when some of them allegedly made derisive comments to nearby IPFT workers within their audible range.

This provoked the IPFT workers who later attacked the BJP rivals. The situation worsened as the IPFT transmitted the news that their party office had been attacked.

Within moments, large number of "unruly" IPFT workers converged on the Jampuijala market near the SDM office leading to a clash and brick-batting between workers and supporters of the two parties.

In the hustle between the two parties, three BJP workers-Purna Kumar Jamatya, Mangal Mohan Jamatya and Paramdayal Jamatya were seriously injured and are still in Jampuijala hospital.

After receiving the news regarding the incident, the Jampuijala police immediately rushed to the spot. The police built a wall to divide the rival party workers and supporters but around 5-30 pm, there was a fresh bout of fighting.

Later, the SDM of Jampuijala immediately imposed prohibitory orders under section 144 for thirty six hours.

The police sources said that tension had been building up between supporters of BJP and IPFT over the appointment of Golaghati MLA Birendra Debbarma to the post of Block Advisory Committee (BAC) chairman.