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From Our Reporter | September 12, 2018

High tension was reported from Khowai subdivision in Tripura following the accidental death of a youth from an indigenous community identified as Takhirai Debbarma (20) and reported retaliatory attacks on three others including the driver and assistant of the motor vehicle involved in the accident.

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On the afternoon of September 11, another youth was crushed to death by a tripper lorry. The accident had  triggered tension as the irate local people chased the driver and the assistant of the lorry into a nearby TSR camp. In the camp, the driver and his assistant were severely assaulted along with another person. 4 labourers were thrashed and a truck in which they were present was also set ablaze by locals in Khowai. Police say, ‘it was immediate reaction of locals, not mob lynching. Driver is safe while the labourers were beaten instead.

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Sources in the SP office also informed that that besides Takhirai, the assistant who died on the spot, two other people including the driver might have died from the beating though the report was not confirmed.  Sources said that it would take the police some time to compile the final report and confirm the deaths with names.

Besides this, clashes involving BJP and IPFT workers and supporters was also reported from Gournagar block area over the filing of nomination papers for upcoming Panchayat by-elections on September 30.

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