Tripura TMC MLA – Ashish Das – who was allegedly assaulted by “BJP-backed goons” on December 26, has accused the police of “not doing enough” to nab the culprits. 

Das said that 48 hours have passed since an FIR was lodged at the Panisagar police station in Tripura, but the police have ‘failed’ to arrest the culprits. 

A case under several sections of the Indian Penal Code (IPC) has been registered at the Panisagar police station in Tripura in connection with the case. 

Meanwhile, Tripura police has informed that although it has launched an investigation into the case, it is yet to identify the ‘attackers’. 

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“We are investigating the matter. But, thus far, no one has come forward to identify the alleged miscreants who were responsible for the attack on the MLA,” said Panisagar SDPO Souvik Das. 

He added: “We are trying to identify the gang involved in the incident. The miscreants also took away the mobile phone of the MLA. So, we are also trying to trace the location of the phone which will certainly help in locating the miscreants.” 

Meanwhile, all the opposition parties in Tripura have condemned the attack on MLA Ashish Das and demanded “exemplary punishment” against the culprits. 

The CPI-M said that “whosoever raised voice against the misrule of this BJP government in Tripura have been attacked”. 

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CPI-M state secretary Jitendra Choudhury said: “As many as 16 Left MLAs, including former chief minister Manik Sarkar, were attacked.” 

Tripura Congress president Birajit Sinha has, meanwhile, urged the police to act according to the law, to maintain the faith of the people on the police. 

TIPRA leader Brishaketu Debbarma said: “We are drawing the attention of the chief minister to such hooliganism. If this practice continues, nobody will be safe.” 

TMC MLA Ashish Das, who on October 31 had quit the BJP, alleged that the “saffron party-backed goons assaulted him” in northern Tripura on December 26. 

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Das alleged that he was attacked by BJP workers while he was returning to Dharmanagar after completing an organizational programme at Bagbassa. 

“BJP by attacking the Trinamool Congress would not be able to prevent the party (TMC) from coming to power in 2023 assembly polls,” Ashish Das said. 

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