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350 Congressmen arrested in Tripura for holding rally

IANS  |  Agartala 

Over 350 leaders and workers were arrested on Thursday for holding a rally here to protest the decision to allow the BJP to form a government in and the demolition of many party offices in by the saffron party-led government.

West District Police said the workers were arrested for holding the protest rally without permission. All were later released.

told the media: "We earlier sought permission from the police to organise a 'rally' in Agartala but police denied permission. We then tried to organise the rally..."

Dey, who was arrested along with and former Gopal Roy, said without following legal and democratic process, the (BJP) government in the state unilaterally bulldozed more than 15 offices of the Congress and its frontal organisations in different parts of Tripura.

"Some of the Congress offices are 70 years old and have valid official documents. Even the West Tripura did not follow the local court orders against the demolitions," he said.

Officials said the district administrations during the past two weeks demolished some party offices of the Communist Party of (CPI-M), the Congress and a BJP affiliated Bharatiya Mazdoor Sangh as these were built on government land.

The Congress said the BJP government unethically bulldozed some party offices without prior notice.

The main opposition CPI-M also vehemently protested against the demolition of many of its offices across Tripura.

CPI-M said after the announcement of the February 18 poll results on March 3, the BJP government continued its attacks on thousands of innocent people, opposition parties and hundreds of their party offices.

"Ahead of bulldozing of party offices built 60-70 years ago, the government should talk to the political parties concerned," he said, adding alternative arrangements could have been made.

"Like the BJP government at the Centre, the of the same party has been trying to curb the rights of the workers and working class people. These are extremely undemocratic," said Dhar, also the CPI-M central committee member.

The BJP denied the CPI-M and the Congress' allegations, saying these political party offices were constructed illegally on government land.

"In the constitution of the CPI-M, there is no word called 'democracy', hence the Communist leaders should not speak about democracy. During Manik Sarkar's tenure, these political party offices were built with the then ruling party's support," told the media.

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First Published: Thu, May 17 2018. 19:24 IST
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