TNT News | AGARTALA | May 08, 2018
Serious differences between BJP and IPFT, its partner in the state government have created tension in mixed population areas across the state in the past few days.
In yet another similar instance, a clash erupted between the allies’ supporters today at Mainama that falls under Chailengta Police Station. As per a resident of the area, the IPFT supporters had called for a Chakka jam in the area during the course of which a commotion erupted between the supporters of IPFT and BJP.
Speaking to TNT- The Northeast Today over the phone, IPFT worker present on site, Uaingsohroy Reang said, “We want a peaceful solution to the problems of the indigenous people. Last Sunday, our central members and divisional plus regional members urged for the formation of primary committee of IPFT at the Chailengta sub division. During this time, we were intimidated by the supporters of the other party after which a hostile situation arose. This escalated to some form of violence leading to destruction of property. So, in order to demand a peaceful solution, we decided to hold a peaceful march as well as a road blockade today in this area. We demanded that the present MLA should address to our grievances and find amicable solutions to problems. While we waited for him, some of his associate members arrived after which we had a meeting with them for around 30 minutes today after which we lifted our bloackade”
He also went on to state that, “While some our party workers were returning home, they were attacked on the way leading to 9 workers being injured. They have been admitted to GB hospital. We have again declared a blockade in the area and will only lift it when the CM himself assures us of some concrete solutions to our problems. ”
As many as 11 incidents of violence between BJP and IPFT supporters have been reported from Khowai, Jirania, Korbok and Shantirbazar subdivisions in the last two weeks.