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The Supreme Court on Monday agreed to hear a contempt petition filed by Trinamool Congress on the law and order situation in Tripura.

The TMC in its petition claimed that the law and order situation is worsening in the state as the date for local body elections scheduled on November 25 draws closer.

The court will hear the plea on Tuesday.

On November 11, the Supreme Court asked the Tripura Police to ensure that none of the political parties were prevented from exercising their rights to campaign for the upcoming local body elections in a peaceful manner.

On Monday, a counsel mentioned the petition before a bench headed by Justice D.Y. Chandrachud.

Citing the earlier writ petition in connection with the Tripura elections, the counsel submitted that the top court had passed directions for the arrangement of security, but the situation is worsening.

He added that recent incidents happened and they were happening across the board now, and insisted for urgent hearing of the contempt petition in the matter.

The counsel said: “The situation is very volatile. It requires the court’s considerations…”

Justice Chandrachud agreed to take up the matter on Tuesday.

On November 11, the top court had said, “We expect that necessary arrangements will be made by the state government and the DGP along with law enforcement machinery of the state.”

The top court sought an affidavit by the Tripura government explaining the steps being taken in pursuance of the present order and even otherwise to ensure that the process of election during the ensuing municipal elections in Tripura remains free and fair.

“The Director General of Police and the Home Secretary shall file a joint report of compliance, on affidavit, in pursuance of the above directions,” said the court.

On Sunday, Tripura Police arrested actor and Trinamool leader Saayoni Ghosh on charges of promoting enmity between people, attempt to murder, criminal intimidation and criminal conspiracy.

The police registered an FIR against her at the East Agartala Police Station for allegedly disturbing a municipal poll rally of Chief Minister Biplab Kumar Deb at Ashram Chowmuhani area on Saturday.

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