After journalist, police constable bloodied on way to the polling station at Agartala

By Our Correspondent

Agartala, June 23, 2022

A police constable was bloodied this morning in a by-election polling station today morning. His name is Samir Saha. He is the personal bodyguard of former CPIM MLA Lalit Mohan Tripura, his posting in Gandachara.

It is reported that around 9 am today, he went to cast his vote at a polling station of Abhaynagar School in six Agartala assembly constituencies, along with his wife Seemarani Saha and a son.

Seemarani Saha told the media that the miscreants first forbade her husband to go to the polls, but when he ignored it, he was stolen and beaten in front of his wife and one son. There were no police anywhere in the vicinity at the time of the incident. Later, local people came and rescued him and took him to GB Hospital. His wife, Seema Saha, said her husband had been injured in the lower abdomen. His condition is critical due to excessive bleeding. Constable Shri Saha is now in critical condition at GB's Trauma Center.

The Congress, the CPIM and the Trinamool Congress have been alleging since this morning that some miscreants are preventing ordinary voters from going to the polling booths in front of most of the polling stations in the by-elections. West District Superintendent of Police Jagdish Reddy, IPS however, said that the police were rushing to the spot where they were getting news of booth jams or obstruction of voters on the streets. Debapriya Bardhan, the District Magistrate of the west district, claimed that the voting process was going on peacefully.

On the other hand, the CPIM, the Congress and the Trinamool Congress have been alleging one after another that the security situation in the by-elections is worse than in the Agartala Pur Parishad elections (AMC). Voters are being attacked in front of the polling station. Even candidates, journalists and police personnel are being prevented from voting. And ordinary young voters, 60/70 year olds and their families are uploading videos on social media saying they can't vote. They were detained and sent back home.

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