Tripura, April 12: Section 144 was clamped in parts of Khowai, West Tripura, Sepahijala, Gomati, and South Tripura districts even as Debbarman warned his supporters on Sunday that violence, whatever the provocation, wouldn’t be tolerated, reports Biswendu Bhattacharjee.
A day after Tripura royal scion Debbarman’s newly-formed alliance defeated BJP in the tribal council polls, violence swept Section 144 in 5 districts of the state amid allegations that supporters on the winning side targeted offices and workers of the saffron party and its ally, the Indigenous Peoples’ Front of Tripura.
Workers of the Tipraha Indigenous Progressive Regional Alliance, which along with the INPT won 18 out of 28 seats in the Tripura Tribal Areas Autonomous District Council polls had allegedly attacked BJP and IPFT cadres and set offices were ablaze in the aftermath of a famous victory.
In a video message laced with anguish, Debbarman said, “Before the victory, I had urged everyone not to indulge in any form of violence, but I got reports from various parts of the state that in the name of TIPRA, people are collecting money for victory rallies, attacking houses and people from other parties. I won’t tolerate this.”
He pointed out that “the culture of post-poll and post-victory violence on opposition party workers” had been a feature of Bengal and Tripura for many decades.