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Agartala | May 23, 2019

Reports of violence and intimidation have started coming from different parts of the state. Opposition CPI (M) and Congress alleged political vendetta being meted out against them.

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CPI (M), which held both Lok Sabha seats in Tripura for last six consecutive Parliament elections, today, announced to have withdrawn election agents from all counting halls in West Tripura seat in the face of purported violence and assaults.

Meanwhile, two vehicles including a car of a Congress leader were set ablaze at Bishalgarh in Sepahijala district, 30 km from Agartala, around 3 PM this afternoon.

A Congress counting agent Krishnendu Das was injured inside a counting station at Umakanta Academy in Agartala this morning where counting for West Tripura constituency is going on.

The agent told reporters that he was assaulted right after third round of counting started on Thursday.

“First round and second round of counting was going on well. At the beginning of second round, we (Congress agents) were told we would be assaulted in the third round. All agents left the counting stations by signing. I was signing attendance sheet for leaving when BJP supporters attacked me”, Das said.

Tripura Congress president Pradyot Kishore Debburman took to Facebook this afternoon and alleged widespread violence during counting hours in the state.

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Speaking to indianexpress.com later this evening, Tripura Police Inspector General Puneet Rastogi confirmed that there are reports of sporadic violence adding that due actions are being taken in all these cases.

“Some incidents have been reported. We are receiving some distress calls and we are responding to them. But nothing major has taken place as of now. But yes, there are some sporadic incidents”, the official said.

With inputs the Indian Express

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