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Attack attempt on Cong candidate; ruling IPFT supporter held

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AGARTALA, April 18 - Police arrested a supporter of the ruling IPFT on the charge of trying to attack the convoy of Congress� Lok Sabha candidate Pragya Dev Burman in Khowai district of Tripura on Thursday.

The accused supporter of the Indigenous People�s Front of Tripura (IPFT) allegedly tried to throw brickbats at the convoy of the candidate but he was captured by the security guards escorting her car, Deputy Inspector General of Police Arindam Nath said.

The incident took place while Pragya Dev Burman, sister of State Congress president Pradyot Dev Burman, was on her way back from a rally at Tulashikhar, a tribal hamlet in Khowai district, around 65 km from here.

Pragya Dev Burman is the Congress candidate for East Tripura (ST) constituency which will go to polls on April 23.

Denying the allegation, IPFT spokesperson Mangal Debbarma said the arrested supporter was there by co-incidence and neither he nor the party was involved in the attack.

BJP spokesperson Nabendu Bhattacharya denounced the incident saying �any attempt of attack is condemnable�.

The Election Commission had on Tuesday announced postponement of polling in the East Tripura seat to the third phase on April 23 from April 18, saying the prevailing law and order situation there is not conducive for holding free and fair polls. The BJP-IPFT combine ousted the CPI(M)-led Left Front from power after 25 years in early 2018. � PTI

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Attack attempt on Cong candidate; ruling IPFT supporter held

AGARTALA, April 18 - Police arrested a supporter of the ruling IPFT on the charge of trying to attack the convoy of Congress� Lok Sabha candidate Pragya Dev Burman in Khowai district of Tripura on Thursday.

The accused supporter of the Indigenous People�s Front of Tripura (IPFT) allegedly tried to throw brickbats at the convoy of the candidate but he was captured by the security guards escorting her car, Deputy Inspector General of Police Arindam Nath said.

The incident took place while Pragya Dev Burman, sister of State Congress president Pradyot Dev Burman, was on her way back from a rally at Tulashikhar, a tribal hamlet in Khowai district, around 65 km from here.

Pragya Dev Burman is the Congress candidate for East Tripura (ST) constituency which will go to polls on April 23.

Denying the allegation, IPFT spokesperson Mangal Debbarma said the arrested supporter was there by co-incidence and neither he nor the party was involved in the attack.

BJP spokesperson Nabendu Bhattacharya denounced the incident saying �any attempt of attack is condemnable�.

The Election Commission had on Tuesday announced postponement of polling in the East Tripura seat to the third phase on April 23 from April 18, saying the prevailing law and order situation there is not conducive for holding free and fair polls. The BJP-IPFT combine ousted the CPI(M)-led Left Front from power after 25 years in early 2018. � PTI

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