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Day after Lenin statue razed, Rajnath asks Tripura Governor, DGP to check violence

On Monday, a statue of Lenin that had occupied the centre of the town in Belonia in south Tripura was allegedly brought down by BJP workers amid the chants of “Bharat Mata Ki Jai”.

SNS | New Delhi |

Amidst reports of post-poll violence in Tripura, Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh on Tuesday spoke to Governor Tathagata Roy as well as police chief AK Shukla directing them to immediately curb the violence.

During the telephonic calls, Roy and DGP Shukla apprised Rajnath of the prevailing situation in Tripura and steps taken to control the violence.

According to reports, violence was reported in parts of the state after the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP), along with the Indigenous People’s Front of Tripura (IPFT) swept the Assembly elections, results of which were declared on March 3.

On Monday, a statue of Lenin that had occupied the centre of the town in Belonia in south Tripura was allegedly brought down by BJP workers amid the chants of “Bharat Mata Ki Jai”.

Workers of the Communist Party of India (Marxist), which ruled the state for over 25 years, accused the BJP workers of targeting them.

Meanwhile, three people had been arrested in the state in the last two days, the Tripura Police said.

The CPI (M) tweeted photos of alleged burnt offices by the BJP workers as they went on to accuse them of “bullying”, “intimidation” and “spreading fear”.

The BJP has sent union ministers, Nitin Gadkari and Jual Oram, as central observers who will be present at the meeting of the newly-elected lawmakers of BJP-IPFT alliance in Agartala on Tuesday.

The BJP-IPFT coalition swept the Assembly elections in Tripura, winning 43 of the 59 seats.