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5000 court arrest in Left agitation in Tripura

Press Trust of India  |  Agartala 

Over 5,000 opposition Left supporters today courted arrest from various parts of in a agitation against the alleged anti-farmer policy of the central government, police said.

Police said there was no report of violence during the agitation, though Left leaders alleged that they were attacked by ruling supporters at different places.

In the first major political protest since the poll debacle of the Left Front in in February, seven Left trade unions organized the stir as part of a nationwide protest by different peasant bodies.

(Law and order) Smriti Ranjan Das said 5,222 supports were arrested from across the state and no violence was reported.

However, All and alleged large-scale violence by ruling " supported goons" on the agitators.

"BJP-supported goons attacked farmers at Gandacherra in district, Panisagar in North and Amarpur in district on their way to protest rallies," he said.

Police used tear and water canon to disperse the agitators at Paradise Chowmuhani here where former joined the protest, the alleged.

Former state assembly said Agartala city was barricaded in a war-like situation to prevent the rally.

He also alleged that workers tried to prevent left supporters from joining the movement.

BJP Mrinal Kanti Deb, however, denied the charges and said left parties were trying to sensationalize the situation.

"Democratic atmosphere prevails in the state. The opposition party was able to organize the after new government's formation is proof enough that there is no political victimization."

Kishan Mazdoor Joint Forum organized the movement in 450 districts of the country today.

The agitators submitted deputations to District Magistrates in all eight districts of the state.

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First Published: Thu, August 09 2018. 19:05 IST