Tripura Chief Minister Biplab Kumar Deb on Wednesday directed the police to comprise post-poll violence within the tribal council areas of the state.
The BJP has accused newly floated TIPRA led by royal scion Pradyot Kishore Deb Barman of letting free a reign of terror on saffron social gathering employees after sweeping the just lately concluded elections to the 30-member Tripura Tribal Areas Autonomous District Council (TTAADC), which governs two-thirds of the state’s space and one-third of the inhabitants.
“I have been worried after receiving news about incidents of post-poll violence in the tribal council areas after election results were announced on April 10.
“I’ve directed the police to arrest culprits no matter their political affiliations to revive peace and tranquility,” the chief minister told PTI.
The Tipraha Indigenous Progressive Regional Alliance (TIPRA) has won 18 of the 28 seats in which polls were held.
The remaining two seats are nominated by the governor as per the state government’s advice. The ruling BJP came a distant second bagging only nine seats.
BJP spokesperson Nabendu Bhattacharya alleged that at least 10 party members were injured and many others hospitalised after coming under attack from TIPRA activists, who ransacked homes and businesses of the saffron party supporters and vandalised party offices.
The chief minister said that the administration has made an assessment of the damages to the properties in the violence and will compensate the owners.
“We can not enable anybody to take the legislation into their arms. Culprits belonging to any social gathering will likely be punished for his or her misdeeds,” Mr Deb, who also holds the Home portfolio, said.
He appealed to the people to maintain peace and prevent attempts made to breach the peace.
“Violence shouldn’t proceed in a civilised society and all law-abiding individuals ought to firmly stand in opposition to it,” he said.
Bhattacharya said that three BJP teams, one led by the party’s Tripura West MP Pratima Bhowmik, visited different tribal council areas and appealed to the people to refrain from violence and restore peace.
They visited vandalised party offices and listened to the people who complained that their properties were attacked and damaged, money looted and they were forced to flee their homes, he said.
Director General of Police VS Yadav said that steps are being taken to restore peace in the areas.
“We have registered suo motu circumstances and in addition acquired some complaints. Some individuals have been arrested and a particular group comprising CRPF and TSR (Tripura State Rifles) jawans deployed
to forestall additional untoward incidents. Section 144 CrPC has been imposed wherever it was wanted,” he told reporters.
Deb Barman has urged his supporters to maintain peace amid celebrations after sweeping the tribal council elections.
“We have to keep up unity. I attraction to the individuals to chorus from attacking the social gathering workplaces and homes of the supporters of IPFT, BJP, CPI(M) and Congress.
“They too are our people and we do not want to fight among ourselves. If we want unity, then we must maintain peace. They too will join our party after the polls,” he had stated instantly after the election outcomes have been introduced.
The TIPRA chief had on Monday introduced that he wouldn’t tolerate violence or extortion in his title and acknowledged that his social gathering won’t maintain victory rallies.
State BJP chief Dr Manik Saha has written a letter to the DGP urging him to make sure legislation and order.
“BJP Tripura Pradesh urges you to arrange for effective enforcement of law and order for peace, tranquility including communal harmony in the society and strict action may kindly be taken as per law in force,” it stated.
Prohibitory orders have been imposed in components of the state for twenty-four hours from Saturday night following studies of sporadic violence.