Trinamool Congress leader and Bengali actor Sayoni Ghosh has been arrested by Tripura police for attempt to murder and was allegedly attacked by BJP goons when she reached a police station in Agartala for questioning today.
More than 15 Trinamool Congress MPs are flying from Kolkata to Delhi tonight. They have sought an appointment with Union Home Minister Amit Shah to discuss the issue of violence in Tripura. They will sit on dharna in the capital tomorrow morning.
Trinamool Congress national general secretary Abhishek Banerjee, who is also Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee’s nephew, is rushing to Tripura on Monday “to stand with the workers”, the Trinamool Congress said.
The BJP has denied the allegations and claimed that Sayoni Ghosh disturbed a public meeting of Chief Minister Biplab Kumar Deb on Saturday. She had allegedly hurled stones and abuse at the Chief Minister’s meet.
Ms Ghosh – president of Bengal Trinamool Youth Congress — along with other leaders including MP Sushmita Deb, Kunal Ghosh and Subal Bhowmik, were allegedly attacked by BJP goons while they were being questioned at the East Agartala women police station. Six Trinamool supporters were injured in the violence, the party said.
The police station was brickbatted, they claimed.
The police said some unidentified miscreants attacked a group of people who gathered near the police station during the questioning of Ms Ghosh, but no one was injured.
Later in the afternoon, Ms Ghosh was arrested, accused of attempt to murder and creating enmity between people, among other charges. The sections are non-bailable and she could not be produced in court, the party said.
Abhishek Banerjee tweeted:
.@BjpBiplab has become so UNABASHEDLY BRAZEN that now even SUPREME COURT ORDERS DOESN’T SEEM TO BOTHER HIM.
— Abhishek Banerjee (@abhishekaitc) November 21, 2021
“Our National General Secretary Shri @abhishekaitc will be reaching Tripura today to stand beside all our workers who were brutally attacked by @BJP4Tripura goons. We will fight till the last drop of our blood to oust the autocratic @BJP4India government,” tweeted Trinamool Congress.
The Supreme Court had recently directed the Tripura police to ensure that no political party is prevented from exercising their rights.
There have been reports of a series of violent incidents in Tripura as the Trinamool Congress is trying to gain foothold in the state ahead of the 2023 assembly elections.
The party is contesting the Tripura civic polls, due on November 25.
The ruling BJP has already won 112 out of 334 seats uncontested across 20 urban local bodies, including Agartala Municipal Corporation. This will be the first civic election that the BJP will face after coming to power in 2018.