Tripura detains 23 members of Prashant Kishor’s team; TMC says cases false | India News – Times of India

KOLKATA: Stepping up the heat in Tripura ahead of the March 2023 assembly polls even as the BJP-led government there continues to detain 23 members of poll strategist Prashant Kishor’s organisation, TMC national general secretary Abhishek Banerjee is expected to reach Agartala on Friday, reports Debashis Konar. A day earlier, TMC will be sending two of its senior MPs, Derek O’Brien and Kakoli Ghosh Dastidar, to the northeastern state.
Bengal ministers Moloy Ghatak and Bratya Basu, along with former MP Ritabrata Banerjee, reached Agartala on Wednesday and questioned the Tripura government for the continued detention of the 23 I-PAC members. Police have slapped cases under IPC and disaster act against the I-PAC members and they are not allowed to leave their hotel.
Ghatak sao9d the I-PAC members were charged with fabricated cases. “They were detained though they had tested negative for Covid-19. Now they are charged with violating the Disaster Management Act and under IPC Section 188. BJP should know that by lodging false cases, they cannot intimidate Trinamool.”
Trinamool’s forays into Tripura curiously coincided with former CM Manik Sarkar, a senior CPM leader, questioning the Biplab Deb government on the detention of the I-PAC members, saying “jungle law” had replaced “rule of law” in the state and alleging that the state government was gripped by “fear psychosis”.
CM Mamata Banerjee, who is now in Delhi, too questioned the continued detention of I-PAC members. “We sent some people to Tripura. They are house-arrested. If a journalist goes there, they are being threatened like this,” she said. “A team is already there. When they revert, I will send Abhishek, Derek and others,” she told reporters in Delhi.

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