Supporters of ruling BJP had on Wednesday gheraoed a police station in western Tripura’s Sepahijala district for lathi on them while in a clash with the Congress that had taken out a rally on the occasion of former Prime Minister of India Rajiv Gandhi’s 76th birth anniversary.
The supporters demanded the police officials of the Bishalgarh Police Station that were involved in the lathi-charge to be identified and suspended. The supporters also blocked the National Highway leading to the Bishalgarh police station.
According to sources, it all began after the BJP supporters had intercepted a rally taken out by the opposition Congress from Bishalgarh to join a Rajiv Gandhi statue inauguration programme in the state capital Agartala, about 16 km away.
“They intercepted our vehicles on the Highway while we were within Bishalgarh asking us to “go back,” said senior Congress leader Subal Bhowmik who was also leading the rally.
This led to an altercation between the two parties that went violent. A few youths from both sides got injured when police rushed in.
“In our attempt to pacify the situation, a few of the police officials also got beaten when lathi-charge was ordered,” a senior police official, said.
Meanwhile, Member of Parliament of the particular constituency, Tripura West, Pratima Bhowmik, also rushed to the spot to demand a probe into the lathi charge.
“Congress and police jointly attacked BJP supporters. The supporter merely asked them to not take out a rally of over 40-50 people by breaking the rules of lockdown amid this COVID pandemic,” she alleged.
Talking to media, Congress leader Subal Bhowmik however, said, “The Congress will always stand against such attacks and will not tolerate has said that Congress will not tolerate such attacks and will stand against those in the coming days.