Tripura Police on Sunday arrested a Trinamool Congress (TMC) leader from the Indranagar area in Agartala in connection with a case related to abetment to suicide.

Tripura’s senior TMC leader Panna Deb was arrested from her residence in connection with the alleged suicide of a young girl.

She was produced before a local court, which sent her to three-day police custody.

The deceased, a young woman who was reportedly suffering from a mental disorder for the past 14 years, was a close relative of the TMC leader and was staying in the same residence as Deb with her mother, The Hindu reported.

“The deceased left a ‘suicide note’ in which she named and blamed Panna Deb of torturing her. She wrote she was forced to take the extreme step because of unbearable torture,” a police officer said.

Deb, a former Councillor of the Agartala Municipal Corporation (AMC), was among the first batch of senior leaders from the State who joined the TMC in July last.

She is expected to be part of the TMC’s State executive, the members of which the party is expected to declare soon.

The arrest amid the ’s untiring TMC’s efforts to build an organisation in the State snowballed into a political controversy.

TMC termed the development as “another ploy” to harm and harass the party’s rank and file.

Subal Bhowmik, who quit the Congress to join TMC, alleged they were “facing all-round attacks in the State” and Panna Deb’s arrest was “deliberate and politically motivated”.

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