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Violence continues ahead of rural polls

Agartala, June 29: In another incident of violence ahead of the July 15 rural polls in Tripura, a panchayat pradhan of Yazekhawal village and Congress candidate of ward II under Kailasahar nagar panchayat in Unakoti district were severely injured yesterday in an alleged attack by the husband of a CPM candidate.

According to police sources, panchayat pradhan of Yazekhawal village, Billal Ahmed, had gone for door-to-door campaigning with Congress candidate Rajiv Ali yesterday morning. Around 9.30am yesterday, Faizul Amin Khan, husband of CPM candidate Subhi Begum, allegedly attacked them with his accomplices. Hearing Ahmed and Ali’s cries for help, a large number of people gathered at the spot, while the attackers fled, police said.

After being informed of the incident, policemen from Kailasahar arrived at the spot and shifted the two seriously injured Congress leaders to the sub-divisional hospital in Kailasahar and later to G.B. Hospital in Agartala. Doctors declared the condition of the duo to be critical.

No arrests have been made so far in the incident as the police said the accused are absconding.

Even though state BJP president Sudheendra Dasgupta and Trinamul Congress chairman Ratan Chakraborty have filed complaints with the state electoral officer Y. Kumar, the situation continues to deteriorate with the Union home ministry ruling out despatching additional forces for security.

Accusing the police of “partisan” action, veteran Congress leader and PCC vice-president Birajit Sinha said despite knowing everything, the police was delaying the arrest of the culprits. “The police are like the B-team of CPM. We do not expect any relief from the police or the law but we will continue to resist such violent attacks on our members,” he said.

Dasgupta today reiterated allegations of violence against BJP workers in different parts of the state.

He said the BJP would hold discussions with other Opposition parties to organise a resistance programme to fight the “terror politics” of the CPM.

CPM office secretary Haripada Das, however, dismissed the allegations as “exaggerated and downright falsification”.