Police recovered machetes and other sharp weapons stashed away in an office of the Tripura Motor Shramik Union, the CPM‘s motor workers’ trade union, at Battala here on Monday morning, The Telegraph reported.
District magistrate Milind Ramteke said that some old rods and machete-like weapons were recovered from an office of a trade union in the Nagerjala motor stand area.
However, no firearms were recovered, police officials said.
Superintendent of Police (West Tripura) Abhijit Saptarshi said the recovery was made based on a specific complaint. If further complaints are lodged with the police, proper action would be taken, he said.
Reacting to the incident, BJP spokesperson Ashok Sinha said the incident reminded him of recovery of weapons from CPM party offices in Bengal after the Left was thrown out of power in 2011.
“For any other party, violence is an aberration. For the CPM, it is a part of their strategy and theory,” Sinha said.
He added that there was no guarantee that more weapons were not stashed away in other CPM offices and people should be more careful about their safety.
CPM state secretary Bijan Dhar, however, denied allegations of stashed weapons and said these were “old tactics of maligning the party”.
“We have been attacked by similar tactics earlier. These will not work,” he added.