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Tripura violence: Statue of Lenin brought down

Tripura violence: Statue of Lenin brought down

The five-year-old statue in Belonia town was removed with the help of an excavator as supporters cheered.

Following the incident, CPM workers in Kolkata will march from venue of the state conference to be held today to a Lenin statue in the city.

CPI (M), on its Twitter handle shared pictures of the incident accusing BJP and IPFT of misusing their power to "bully and intimidate".

Jignesh Mevani, a popular Dalit leader and the newly-elected independent MLA in Gujarat assembly, wrote, "If this news is true, then aside from taking down Lenin's statue, I hope you will also take down the casteist Manu statue in Rajasthan High Court!"

South Tripura superintendent of police Ipper Monchak said the driver of the earthmover, Ashish Pal, was arrested in the evening and let off on bail. The BJP got two-thirds majority in its alliance with the Indigenous People's Front of Tripura (IPFT). the results were declared on Saturday.

The decision to impose Section 144 in parts of Tripura comes a day after a statute of the former head of the erstwhile Soviet Union Vladimir Ilyich Ulyanov, better known as Lenin, was pulled down by a large crowd in south Tripura's Belonia town.

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The incident has occurred two days after the BJP's uninstallation of the 25-year long Left government in the state.

During the telephonic calls, Governor Tathagata Roy and DGP AK Shukla apprised Rajnath of the prevailing situation in Tripura and steps taken to control the violence. Singh asked the governor and the DGP to check all kinds of violence and ensure peace till a new government is installed in Tripura, the home ministry official said.

The BJP has warned its leaders and supporters of "stern" action if they indulged in "post-poll violence" in Tripura.

CPI (M) members claimed that BJP workers attacked them physically and also vandalized their party offices in Tripura.

Workers of the Communist Party of India (Marxist), which ruled the state for over 25 years, accused the BJP workers of targeting them.

CPM office secretary Haripada Das said over 240 people were injured in attacks on party offices, offices of Left trade unions and homes of prominent leaders in the last 48 hours.


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