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BJP sponsored Pre-Poll Violence hits Panchayat By-Election : 1 left critical after beaten in open market, Statewide violence continue
TIWN Sep 7, 2018
BJP sponsored Pre-Poll Violence hits Panchayat By-Election : 1 left critical after beaten in open market, Statewide violence continue
PHOTO : CPI-M leaders visited GB hospital, met injured Prabir Debnath, who severely attacked on his head at Mohonpur on yesterday. TIWN Pic Sep 7

AGARTALA, Sep 7 (TIWN): To win the by-election by-force, BJP has started statewide violence in full wave and making leaders’ lives tough who are not joining BJP. One Prabir Debnath was left critically injured, admitted in GB after he was beaten on his head with iron made items in an open market. The incident took place on Thursday evening at around 8.30 pm, when Prabir Debnath who has been an active CITU member went to buy vegetable items for house at Sidhai market in Mohonpur constituency of Minister Ratan Lal Nath. In the open market after pulling him down from his bike the miscreants attacked him, beaten him with iron made weight measuring item (Batkhara in Bengali) left him senseless. CPI-M leaders led by Ex-Deputy Speaker Pabitra Kar met him at GB hospital and talked to doctors.Talking to media, Pabitra Kar said, “If opposition supporters can not come in market, then what kind of law’s era it is ?

Before few days in the same area (Mohonpur )during fund raising for Kerala flood CPI-M supporters were attacked. The local leader (Minister Ratan Lal Nath) is mentioning again and again that rules are same for all. But if this is the situation in broad day light, then where does the law exist ?”

The victim has however identified the miscreants and an FIR was lodged today in the local police station. CPI-M has demanded justice in this case.

Another violence was reported from Bishalgarh, where CPI-M leader Sudhir Debnath’s home was attacked and damaged the tin-walls. Indeed a terror was created overall through this incident.

As soon as the Panchayat Election is knocking door statwide violence have hit the opposition,  just followed by BJP Yuva Morcha leader Joylal Das’s statement on July 20.

On July 20, BJP leader Joylal Das in a conference of Yuva Morcha at Sabroom subdivision in South Tripura openly asked party supporters to break opposition CPI-M supporters hands and legs and not to allow them in voting or submitting nominations during Panchayat Election.Also BJP National General Secretary, State BJP incharge Sunil Deodhar On June 26 said, “BJP will not allow CPI-M to win even a single panchayat seat in coming days”.

Another attack was launched by around 50 miscreants on Sep 4 (the first day of nomination submission) at Bamutia block office to "make sure" no opposition party can submit nominations in the upcoming Panchayat Election and attack was done by entering the room of BDO and then the team had expanded with 100 people. As a result the meeting couldn't be conducted and postponed seeing the seriousness of the situation.

But BJP alleged that CPI-M actually not getting candidates. Reacting over the statement of BJP, CPI-M State Secretary Bijan Dhar said,  "BJP is bringing false allegations that we are not getting candidates, but the resigned people themselves are CPI-M candidates, who are still CPI-M even after resigning. As CM said by-election is necessary for running of the administration, so we have no problem with that. But do it democratically. Our candidates resigned due to threats to their family members, wives, daughters".

Another heavyweight leader of CPI-M Badal Choudhury said, CPI-M will surely score excellent if democracy is stable, but followed by his claim violence continues and most affected area according to TIWN-survey is Bishalgrah.

By-election will be conducted on Sep 30, Oct 1. In total 58 blocks, elections are going to be held. Total Gram Panchayats are 592 in Tripura and out of them 425 Gram Panchayats will undergo elections. 3207 seats will undergo by-election due to resigns of candidates, across Gram Panchayats, 161-Panchayat Samitis, 18-Jila Parishads and total 7 lakh 85 thousand 321 voters will cast votes.

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