The workers and activists of the Trinamool Congress (TMC) party in Tripura have launched a state-wide protest against the ‘detention’ of poll strategist Prashant Kishore’s I-PAC team by police in a Agartala hotel. 

Protest rallies are being organised by the TMC is several districts of Tripura.

Speaking to this correspondent over the ‘detention’ of the I-PAC team, Tripura TMC president Ashish Lal Singh said: “Democracy is being raped in Tripura. I am utterly shocked and ashamed. This is not the culture of Tripura.” 

Singh further said that the TMC high command, including West Bengal chief minister Mamata Banerjee, is closely monitoring the issue. 

“I have informed Mamata Banerjee and Abhishek Banerjee about the issue. They are keeping a close watch on all the development,” Singh said.    

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A 22-member team from poll strategist Prashant Kishor’s I-PAC were allegedly stopped from leaving their hotel in Agartala by police on Monday. 

The team was in Agartala to carry out some surveys on the political situation and support base Trinamool Congress. 

“The I-PAC team reached Tripura six days back and since then has been interacting with locals. Then on Monday wee hours police gheraoed the hotel where the team was staying in and have been kept under house arrest since then,” the Tripura TMC president added. 

The police have not given any official reason for the ‘detention’, only claiming the I-PAC team had violated COVID norms.