Assam: BJP supporters apprehended for conspiracy
GUWAHATI: Two BJP supporters were arrested in Tezpur by Sonitpur police for plotting to conceal illegal items in residence of a few candidates of Rangapara constituency.
Sonitpur district superintendent of police Sanjukta Parashar said, "Acting on a tip off, police caught Gopal Pathak, a trader, at a hotel in Tezpur on Thursday night. Ajit Baruah, a retired government official, was arrested on Friday. They were planning to hide contraband objects in the houses of some of the candidates of Rangapara constituency. They were arrested on charges of criminal conspiracy."
According to sources, the duo were targeting Congress candidate Bhimananda Tantis to tarnish his image as a political leader in order to disqualify him from contesting in the upcoming Assam polls.
Police have yet to reveal the political affiliation of the two but alleged that they were working for the saffron camp and had joined the party during its online campaign earlier.
According to the SP who told newsmen that they, "Are investigating how the two got access to the illegal arms."
On Thursday night after Pathak's arrest, several BJP workers, led by the party's Rangapara constituency candidate Pallab Lochan Das, protested alleging that miscreants had abducted their party worker.
Das was one of the dissident Congress legislators who had joined BJP last year and was given a chance to contest the State polls this time from Rangapara seat. He had won last the assembly election from Behali seat. He was not available for comments. BJP's Sonitpur (west) district committee president Mrinal Saikia said, "This is an attempt to malign the image of our party candidate. We suspect police's intention and dare to prove the allegations."