8 CPI(M) supporters injured in Tripura

Agartala, Nov 18 (PTI) At least eight persons,including two women, were injured near Khayerpur inTripura when a group of people pelted stones at a bus carryingCPI-M activists, police said on Monday.

Secretary of the CPI-M's West Tripura districtCommittee Pabitra Kar alleged that 12 party activists,including five women, were injured when BJP supporters peltedstones at the vehicle, a charge denied by the saffron party.

The incident took place on Sunday when the CPI(M)activists were returning to Agartala after attending a partymeeting at Khayerpur, 15 km from here.

An FIR was lodged at Bodhjungnagar Police Station onSunday.

'When our activists were returning to Agartala, agroup of about 40 BJP activists were following the bus andstarted throwing stones at the vehicle. Twelve persons,including five women, were injured.

'Nine people, including a tribal woman, were admittedto the GB Pant hospital here,' Kar told reporters.

Sources in the hospital said, the condition of fivepersons was critical.

Sub-divisional police office (SDPO) of New CapitalComplex area Dhruba Nath said, eight persons were injured inthe incident of stone-pelting and many of them had beenreleased from the hospital.

No arrests have been made in this connection, he said.

Prior permission of the police had been taken for themeeting, Kar said.

He alleged that BJP activists had let loose a reignof terror in the state and were attacking CPI-M supporters'without provocation'.

Denying the charge, BJP spokesman Nabendu Bhattacharyasaid, no party worker was involved in the incident. PTI JOYMM MM