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AGARTALA, August 15: At least 11 persons were injured in a clash between BJP and CPI-M in Pratapgarh area over dispute during distribution of relief materials among the flood victim.
The administration has made extra deployment in the area while advising both parties to refrain from interfering each other.
According to police sources, unrest triggered at Pratapgarh High School, last evening where a relief camp was set up for the flood-affected people. The BJP supporters went to distribute relief materials to the victims when CPI-M cadres allegedly prevented them and later during the clash at least five BJP supporters were injured in the attack.
However, CPI-M MLA Ramu Das alleged that, "BJP supporters attacked their supporters in a pre-planned manner to create unrest in the area. The BJP supporters who went to distribute relief to the victims abused the Left Front government and raised slogan, which CPI-M workers protested. At least six CPI-M volunteers were injured in BJP attack."
Meanwhile, BJP state general secretary Pratima Bhowmik alleged that CPI-M cadres prevented their workers when they went to distribute relief materials to the victims and then suddenly restored unprovoked attack on them that left as many as five of their workers injured severely.She further alleged that CPI-M cadres have been teasing BJP supporters and leaders whoever had gone to relief distribution since beginning of the flood last week. They not only teased, but also disturbed the process and threatened the marooned people not to accept relief from BJP.
"We never expect such low-taste politics from CPI-M like party who always talks on democracy and safeguarding the interest of the downtrodden people. We managed our cadres not to react on them but yesterday they had gone beyond all limits. The cadres were instigated by minister in-charge of disaster management when BJP raised voice against large scale corruption of fund which came from the Centre," Ms Bhowmik stated.
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