On Cong bike rally attack, EC orders inquiry in Tripura

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Agartala: The Election Commission has ordered an inquiry into the attacks on a Congress bike rally in West Tripura district’s Majlispur assembly constituency, an official said.

The Congress had claimed that 15 party workers and workers, including AICC general secretary Ajay Kumar, were injured on Wednesday when a group of “BJP-backed goons” staged a bike rally at four locations in Jirania subdivision attacked them.
However, police said the attacks were carried out by unknown miscreants and “10 party workers were injured”.

“The EC has ordered an inquiry into the January 18 incident of political violence in Jirania sub-division of West Tripura district,” Tripura Chief Electoral Officer Gitte Kirankumar Dinakarrao said.
The polling panel asked the CEO’s office to get a report from the DGP Tripura through the chief secretary and submit it by 3 pm on Friday.

The incident took place hours after the schedule for the Tripura Assembly elections was announced on Wednesday.
Elections to the 60-member assembly will be held on February 16 and the counting of votes will take place on March 2.

The CEO said that three FIRs have been registered with the police in connection with violence in Majlispur, while eight accused have been arrested so far.

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