In a shocking controversy ahead of Lok Sabha polls, Tripura Congress president Pradyot Dev Burman was caught on camera, walking inside a police station and slapping an IPFT (Indigenous People's Front of Tripura) supporter in front of the public. IPFT is an ally of the ruling BJP party in the state.
The CCTV footage shows the state Congress president walking into the police station, clad in white, and slapping the man in red t-shirt, who is the IPFT worker.
"If he can manhandle a person inside a police station, he can also murder anyone anywhere," Senior BJP leader and state Law Minister Ratan Lal Nath lashed out at the Congress leader.
"He is a goon. He and many others were trying to attack my sister. Why is the BJP trying to protect a goon? Let the BJP go and file an FIR against me. Let them put me in jail. I will not even seek a bail," he said, speaking to news agency ANI.
The Tripura Police had arrested the IPFT supporter on the charge of trying to attack the convoy of Congress' Lok Sabha candidate Pragya Dev Burman in Khowai district on Thursday. Pragya is the sister of the state Congress president.
The police stated that the IPFT supporter tried to throw brickbats at the convoy of the candidate, however, he was later caught by the security guards.
Pragya Dev Burman, sister of Tripura Congress president is the party's candidate for East Tripura (ST) constituency which will go to polls on April 23.
Meanwhile, IPFT spokesperson Mangal Debbarma claimed that the arrested supporter was at the spot by co-incidence and was not involved in the attack.
The Election Commission had on Tuesday postponed the elections for East Tripura seat to the third phase on April 23 from second phase on April 18, in the light of the prevailing law and order situation. With two seats in the Lok Sabha, Tripura went to polls in the first phase on April 11, while the second seat will go to polls in the third phase now.
(With ANI inputs)