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Five CPI-M workers, 2 policemen hurt in Tripura

IANS  |  Agartala 

In the first incident of pre-poll violence in Tripura, some rival activists on Friday attacked supporters of a candidate of the ruling CPI-M in Takarjala, injuring five Left members and two policemen, police said.

of Police told IANS that no one had been arrested and a hunt had been launched for the attackers.

Communist Party of India-Marxist (CPI-M) Bijan Dhar, in a letter to (CEO) Sriram Taranikanti, said that during an election campaign by candidate Ramendra Debbarma, some Indigenous People's Front of (IPFT) cadres attacked a car accompanying him and his supporters, injuring five CPI-M members.

The injured were shifted to a government hospital.

"Without any provocation, IPFT goons also ransacked the CPI-M office at and demolished it though it was situated close to the police station. The attack took place in front of the police who did not try to stop the miscreants," the letter said.

"The IPFT is an electoral of the This incident has vindicated our previous apprehensions as the IPFT had made a series of unprovoked attacks on CPI-M supporters earlier too."

demanded immediate deployment of paramilitary forces in Takarjala, constituencies, all reserved for tribals, to ensure a free, fair and smooth election on February 18.

After forging an electoral alliance with the IPFT, the BJP has fielded 51 candidates and left nine seats for the junior

The IPFT since 2009 has been agitating for a separate state by upgrading the Tribal Areas Autonomous District Council.



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First Published: Fri, February 09 2018. 18:30 IST