Agartala, Jan 17: Opposition Congress in Tripura on Sunday called a 12-hours shutdown on Monday to protest against the alleged attack on state party President Pijush Biswas by the allegedly BJP supporters.
The ruling Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) condemning the attack demanded an inquiry into the incident and urged the Congress to call off the strike.
Tripura Pradesh Congress Vice-President Tapas Dey said that ruling Bharatiya Janata Party workers accompanied by “notorious goons” attacked Biswas and injured seven other Congress workers while the state party chief narrowly escapes from the assault.
Dey, accompanied by state party General Secretaries – Harekrishna Bhowmik, Baptu Chakraborty and Tejen Das — said that the BJP workers along with the “harden criminals” attacked the party leader and other workers at Bishalgarh in western Tripura’s Sepehijala district on late Saturday evening.
“The attack was done by a large number of BJP workers and the goons in presence of police. To protest the BJP attack on the state party chief, we have called a state-wide 12-hour shutdown on Monday,” Dey told the media.
The Congress leaders said that FIR was lodged on Saturday night immediately after the attack, but police yet to take any step to arrest the attackers.
Biswas, also a veteran lawyer, later told the media that the “BJP goons” unleashed the attack to murder him and badly damaged his car with iron rods and lathis.
“The BJP led government in Tripura is not only an undemocratic government, it is also running a barbaric governance. People should raised its all out protest against the BJP government,” the Congress leader.
Tripura BJP’s Chief Spokesman Subrata Chakraborty while talking to the media condemned the attack on Biswas and demanded an impartial inquiry to reveal the truth.
“We urged the police to take appropriate legal action against the attackers. The probe would reveal whether it is an attack or the outcome of the Congress’ internal feud.
The Congress also must withdraw the strike call as it would hinder the peace and progress undertaken by the BJP led government,” Chakraborty said.