Panisagar violence: Tripura police warns rumour mongers of lawful action

Agartala: Every effort is being made to create communal tension in Tripura. The people of the Muslim community are agitating over the alleged attack on the mosque by miscreants after the procession of the Vishwa Hindu Parishad in Panisagar on Tuesday.

Locals alleged that miscreants of the Muslim community vandalized several shops in Kadamtala, Premtala, Churaibari and Phulbari areas late on Tuesday night. In retaliation, miscreants from the Hindu community vandalized Muslim shops.

Section 144 has been issued in Dharmanagar and Panisagar subdivisions in that incident. Central paramilitary forces along with huge police and TSR forces have also been deployed in the area during the night. 

North Tripura District Superintendent of Police Bhanupada Chakraborty claimed the situation was now under control. The situation has been normalized through discussions with leaders of both communities.

Incidentally, a group of miscreants attacked the Chamtila Jame Mosque in the Rowabari area of Panisagar on Tuesday. Not only that, about 10 shops have been vandalized. As a result, those shops have been severely damaged. Today, Panisagar DCM M Uddin visited the affected area and assured all possible assistance.

Meanwhile, miscreants from the Muslim community attacked Hindu shops over the incident. Several Hindu shops were vandalized in Kadamtala, Premtala, Churaibari and Phulbari areas on Tuesday night.

Tripura police has said that during the protest rally in Panisagar, North Tripura, no masjid was burnt and the pictures being shared of burning or damaged masjid or collection of sticks etc are all fake and are not from Tripura. They may be from some countries.

“Certain persons by using fake social media IDs are spreading fake news/rumours on Tripura. It is informed that law & order situation in the State is absolutely normal. Lawful action will be initiated against those who are circulating rumours on social media platforms and are trying to disturb peaceful environment.,” the social media post reads.

“Some people are spreading rumours and circulating provocative messeges on social media. It is appeal to all not to believe such messages and maintain peace,” it reads.

Meanwhile, former chief minister and Leader of Opposition Manik Sarkar has expressed his dissatisfaction and said that a worrying situation is prevailing in North and Unakoti districts. 

“In Tripura, the bond of friendship between people of different religions and communities is ancient. I urge the people of all walks of life, regardless of party affiliation, to play a strong role in maintaining harmony so that this is not spoiled in any way. In particular, I urge the state government and the police and administration to take an active role in this matter,” he said.