Top Congress leader Rahul Gandhi has slammed the BJP governments both at the Centre and Tripura for “pretending to be deaf and blind” on the recent incidents of attacks on minorities in Tripura. 

“Till when will the government pretend to be blind and deaf?” questioned Congress leader Rahul Gandhi on the government’s silence over the recent violence in the Northeast state of Tripura. 

Further criticising the attacks on minorities in Tripura, Rahul Gandhi said that those indulging in spread of hatred and violence in the name of protecting Hinduism aren’t real Hindus, but hypocrites. 

“Our Muslim brothers in Tripura are being subjected to cruelty. Those spreading hatred and violence aren’t real Hindus, but hypocrites,” Rahul Gandhi said. 

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Earlier, Tripura Congress chief Birajit Sinha also came down heavily on the BJP government in the state over the recent attacks on minorities in the state.  

“Wherever BJP leads, law & order fails,” Tripura Congress chief Birajit Sinha had said. 

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Demanding action against the perpetrators of the “brutal attacks” on minority community in Tripura, Birajit Sinha demanded the state government to rehabilitate the displaced minority families, whose houses were burnt down by activists of Vishwa Hindu Parishad during a rally at Panisagar in North Tripura district on Tuesday.   

“We strongly condemn the brutal attacks on the minorities in Tripura. The government must take necessary steps to book the culprits and rehabilitate the victim families,” the Tripura Congress chief said.   

“Over the past one week, several BJP allied organisations have been staging demonstrations against the recent attacks on Hindu minority community in Bangladesh. There is no issue with staging protest of any kind. But attacking minorities in Tripura as a retaliation to what happened in Bangladesh is not acceptable,” Tripura Congress chief Birajit Sinha said. 

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Notably, a mosque was reportedly vandalised at Panisagar sub-division in North Tripura district during rally taken out by the Vishwa Hindu Parishad on Tuesday.    

Moreover, at least two shops and three houses were also set on fire during a Vishwa Hindu Parishad (VHP) rally. 

The VHP took out the rally to protest against the recent attacks and violence against Hindus in Bangladesh. 

Meanwhile, the Tripura police have stated that “fake pictures” of damaged and burnt mosque are being circulated in the social media by “some vested interest”. 

“…in Panisagar, North Tripura, no masjid was burnt and the pictures being shared of burning or damaged masjid or collection of sticks etc are all fake and are not from Tripura,” the police said. 

Also read: ‘Fake pictures’ of damaged, burnt mosque circulated: Tripura Police

The Tripura Police further said that ‘fake’ social media accounts are being created and used to spread communally sensitive rumours after the violence on Tuesday.  

“Certain persons by using fake social media IDs are spreading fake news/rumours on Tripura,” the state police said. 

On the other hand, the Tripura police claimed that the law-and-order situation in the state is “absolutely normal”.  

“It is informed that law & order situation in the State is absolutely normal,” Tripura police claimed.  

It added: “We request people of all communities not to support and subscribe to such fake IDs and do not spread such fake pictures. We have already registered cases and legal action will be taken against all those spreading fake news and communally sensitive rumours.” 

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