A group of Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) supporters allegedly attacked the house of senior journalist Samir Dhar in Agartala, The Wire reported.

The BJP supporters, carrying knives, entered the area on Saturday night and vandalised the walls of his house.

Dhar is vice president of the Assembly of Journalists (AoJ) and Tripura correspondent for Aaj Kaal, a Bengali newspaper published from Kolkata.

As per reports, this was the third attack on Dhar’s house since 2018, when the BJP came to power in Tripura.

“The miscreants, known as supporters of the ruling BJP party, entered the area on Saturday late night at around 9 pm with sharp weapons and carried out the attacks. They vandalized the boundary walls of Samir Dhar’s residence and also abused him using obscene language and threatened him with dire consequences,” the AoJ said in a statement.

The AoJ has demanded the immediate arrest of the culprits involved in the incident.

“The miscreants couldn’t enter inside my house, but they vandalised boundary walls, threatened me, and used bad language,” The Wire quoted Dhar, who is the brother of Bijan Dhar, the Left front convener in Tripura, as saying.

Dhar alleged that the BJP supporters also attacked his neighbours’ houses.

The Assembly of Journalists alleged that such attacks the journalists had been on the rise after chief minister Biplab Kumar Deb threatened the media at an event last year.

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