A 22-member team from poll strategist Prashant Kishor’s I-PAC has allegedly been stopped from leaving their hotel in Agartala by police.
The team was in Agartala to carry out some surveys on the political situation and support base Trinamool Congress.
The Tripura police have been camping at the hotel lobby and outside since the morning and are not allowing any of the 22 members of the I-PAC team to leave the premises.
The police have not given any official reason for the detention, only claiming the IPAC team had violated Covid norms.
As per report, the I-PAC said the team had all the necessary Covid-related papers.
“The outsiders– around 22 persons—were roaming around in various places. Since Covid restrictions are in place, we are inquiring to verify the reasons behind their arrival and stay in the city. They all underwent Covid tests on Monday, the reports are awaited,” West Tripura Manik Das said.
“Results of their (I-PAC members’) RTPCR test will come tomorrow. They said they were here for some research-related work that is being investigated. After getting COVID test results and outcome of probe, a decision will be taken on their release,” Das later said.
TMC state unit chief Ashish Lal Singha called it an “attack on democracy”.
“Being a resident of Tripura, I am shocked. It is not Tripura’s culture. The BJP has panicked following the overwhelming response and support to the TMC due to the misrule of the BJP led government in Tripura,” Singha said.