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Mosque vandalised, houses of Muslims attacked in Tripura during VHP rally

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On Tuesday afternoon, a mosque was vandalised and shops and houses of Muslims were attacked in the Panisagar sub-division of North Tripura district during a Vishwa Hindu Parishad (VHP) rally, The Wire reported.

An additional inspector general (AIG) of police (law and order) Subrata Chakraborty said that a mosque was ransacked and a few shops and houses were vandalised in Chamtila and Rowa Bazar areas under the Panisagar sub-division, as per The Wire.

The police officer has said that no one has been arrested yet.

Some people attacked a mosque, shops and houses during the VHP rally. These shops and houses reportedly belong to families from the Muslim community.

Earlier, on October 25, Tripura director general of police (DGP) V.S. Yadav said some “unknown miscreants” tried to disrupt communal harmony in the state but that their attempts were foiled due to the deployment of police forces.

The opposition CPI (Marxist) state secretariat body has condemned the violence and demanded the arrest of the culprits.

In a press statement, the CPI(M) said a procession was organised in the Panisagar sub-division by the VHP. The procession went to the Rowa area and turned violent. Several shops were vandalised and set on fire. In addition, some houses were attacked.

The statement said “as a result, some small businesses that rely on these stores have suffered greatly. This has created a worrying situation in the area. Locals alleged the violent attack took place in front of the police”.

In a video purportedly from Tripura, the police officers in riot gear can be seen as some buildings are ablaze.

The party had also demanded that the government should assist the affected shopkeepers and families.

The opposition also urged the police and the administration to take appropriate measures to prevent such provocative and disruptive acts.

A demonstration was also held by the newly floated Tripura Democratic Front. The party held a dharna in front of the office of the police headquarters and demanded to protect the Muslims in Tripura.

BJP spokesperson Nabendu Bhattacharya claimed there was a political conspiracy behind the incident.

The VHP also took a similar stance, with the organisation’s North district president Nani Gopal Debnath claiming that the mosque, shops and houses were attacked by a section of people from the Muslim community.

 

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