Temple fence damaged, ABVP leader stabbed in the city of Tripura; prohibition orders imposed


Agartala: Thieves damaged the fence of a Kali temple and stabbed a Akhil Bharatiya Vidyarthi Parishad (ABVP) in the Unakoti district of Tripura, prompting the administration to impose prohibition orders under Article 144 CrPC throughout the Kailashahar subdivision, a police officer said on Saturday.

One person was arrested in connection with the attack on ABVP leader Shibaji Sengupta for a local issue and his condition was classified as serious.

Sub-Divisional Police Officer (SDPO) Chandan Saha said prohibition orders under Article 144 of the CrPC have been issued in Kailashahar, the seat of Unakoti district, since Friday evening after the stabbing incident.

He said the fence of a thatched-roof Kali temple in Kubjhar locality was damaged by unidentified perpetrators on Friday evening.

A peace meeting was held on Saturday in the presence of Minister of Labor Bhagaban Das in Kailashahar. Leaders of different faiths, District Magistrate Uttam Chakma, Police Superintendent Rati Ranjan Das, Local CPI MP (M) Mabaswar Ali and Congress Leader Badarujjaman attended the meeting.

The SDPO said it was decided at the meeting that if a religious place was damaged in any way, it would be repaired at government expense.

One case has been recorded in connection with the stabbing incident and one person was arrested on Saturday, Saha said.

The leader of the ABVP, the student wing of the RSS, was referred to GB Pant hospital in Agartala during the day.

Patrolling by security forces has intensified in and around the town of Kailashahar.

Friday’s incident occurred days after a mosque was vandalized and two shops were set on fire in the Chamtilla neighborhood in the Panisagar subdivision of the North Tripura district on the evening of October 26 at a rally Vishwa Hindu Parishad (VHP) organized to protest the recent violence against Hindus in neighboring Bangladesh. Three houses and a few shops, believed to be owned by members of the minority community, were also ransacked in nearby Rowa Bazar, a senior police official said earlier.

Banning orders under Article 144 CrPC were issued indefinitely in Panisagar and neighboring sub-divisions of Dharmanagar following the incident.

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