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10 people hurt in clashes

Agartala, Nov. 12: Ten people were injured last night in two different clashes in Agartala.

In the first incident, four persons were injured last night in a clash between members of a club and a group of businessmen running a gambling den in GB Market on the northern outskirts of Agartala town.

Sources in the special branch (intelligence wing) of state police said around 7.30pm yesterday, a large group of members of Aurobinda Memorial Club came to GB Market and started collecting subscription for Kali Puja. They asked for Rs 5,000 in cash from Bipul Kanti Das, a businessman in the market, who also runs a gambling den behind his sweet shop.

But Das refused to give such a big amount, which led to arguments.

Finally, a fisticuff started and both sides fired two rounds in the air. Police from GB outpost rushed to the spot and resorted to lathicharge and also fired five rounds in the air to disperse the warring groups of businessmen and club members.

“Two club members, Babul Saha and Tapan Deb, and two businessmen, Kripesh Debnath and Ratan Banik, were injured but released from nearby GB Hospital after first aid. There has been no arrests so far,” a source said.

In the other incident, a major clash took place between Congress and CPM supporters at Mohanpur market in Sadar (north), in which six persons were injured.

The police in Kanchanpur subdivision of North Tripura arrested four NLFT rebels from their hideout yesterday, though no arms or ammunition were recovered.

Acting on specific information, a combined force of police and TSR jawans arrested four NLFT militants after carrying out a raid in the Bhandarima area close to the border.

“We could catch four NLFT rebels identified as Pabitra Reang, Akchha Reang, Bansarai Reang, Biladhan Reang and the house winner Ratia Reang. We could not recover any arms and ammunition as three other militants had fled with them before we reached,” said SDPO (Kanchanpur) Sudip Paul. “We have been carrying out special search operations all over Kanchanpur subdivision and NLFT will not be able to do anything,” said Paul.

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