The team of Left and Congress leaders had arrived in Tripura to assess the extent of violence that had allegedly taken place in the state since the election results were announced. The group comprised of seven parliamentarians from Assam, West Bengal, Kerala, and Tamil Nadu, accompanied by former Chief Minister Manik Sarkar and former Assembly Deputy Speaker Pabitra Kar.
The team was divided into three groups, and they visited different parts of the districts of Sepahijala, Gomati, West Tripura, Khowai, and Dhalai during the day. However, things took an ugly turn when a group of men in Nehalchandranagar in Tripura’s Sepahijala district allegedly attacked the group, damaging at least three cars. The men shouted “Jai Shri Ram” as they attacked the delegation.
Although no one in the delegation was injured, an MP alleged that the security detail accompanying them did not intervene. After the incident, the team of seven parliamentarians was compelled to suspend their outdoor programs scheduled for Saturday.
The police claimed that the team of Left and Congress leaders made an “unscheduled visit” to Nehalchandranagar, during which “some sloganeering” occurred. However, the CPI(M) state secretariat said the attack proved the deterioration of the rule of law and the safety and security of people under the BJP’s watch. According to the CPI(M) and the Congress, at least 638 incidents of violence have occurred since March 2, including ransacking, looting, arson, and assaults in different parts of the state. The parties have alleged that while some of the accused were detained, they were released soon after.
The attack on the team of parliamentarians has raised serious concerns about the safety and security of citizens in Tripura. The Congress leader Ranjita Ranjan said, “If seven MPs and several MLAs aren’t safe in Tripura, how common people can be safe here?” She alleged that hooliganism was going on in broad daylight in the state, and if the Opposition wanted to stand in solidarity, attacks were being lashed out.
The incident has highlighted the need for the state government to ensure the safety and security of citizens, irrespective of their political affiliations. It is crucial to restore the rule of law and put an end to the violence that has been taking place in the state. The attack on the delegation of parliamentarians is a wake-up call for the government to take immediate action and ensure that such incidents do not occur in the future.
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