In a brazen incident of hooliganism by Congress politicians in poll-bound Tripura, a political leader slapped a man inside the premises of a police station for allegedly attacking the convoy of his sister.
All India Congress Committee’s (AICC) president for Tripura, Pradyot Kishore Deb Burman, is under criticism after he slapped a man inside Khowai police station in Tripura.
According to sources, the man was arrested for attacking convoy of Tripura Congress candidate and Pradyot’s elder sister Pragya Deb Burman at Tulasikhar in Khowai district, about 70 kilometres from Agartala.
Pragya was returning after completing her poll campaign in Tulasikhar when reportedly her vehicle was pelted with stones. She escaped unhurt.
In video footage, Pradyot Burman is seen entering the police station where the accused was seated on a bench. He is seen talking to the accused who greets the leader with folded hands and a few seconds later Burman lands a slap on his cheek. Police officers intervene and Burman is seen exiting the police station later.
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Pragya Dev Burman is the Congress candidate for East Tripura (ST) constituency which will go to polls on April 23.
“We were returning after attending a public meeting at Tulashikhar area. An IPFT supporter tried to hurl a stone at my car. It seems there were more people with him,” Pragya told reporters.
Senior BJP leader and Law Minister Ratan Lal Nath showed the CCTV footage of Tulashikhar police station where the accused was taken and Pradyot Dev Burman slapped him.
It showed that the state Congress president took law into his hands and wanted to send the message that he would terrorise and attack his political opponents, Nath claimed.
“If he can manhandle a person inside a police station, he can also murder anyone anywhere,” the law minister said. Pradyot Dev Burman, however, remained unapologetic.
“He is a goon. He and many others were trying to attack my sister. Why is the BJP trying to protect a goon? Let the BJP go and file an FIR against me. Let them put me in jail. I will not even seek a bail,” he said.
The state Congress chief earlier said, “Very sad to see that my sister Pragya was attacked by paid goons in Tulashikhar. One person was arrested. I have no words to condemn it.”
IPFT spokesperson Mangal Debbarma claimed that the arrested supporter was there by co-incidence and neither he nor the party was involved in the attack.
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