IPFT, NCT activists clash in Chankhala
Khowai : By Our Correspondent
At least 15 people were injured this afternoon in a clash between activists of IPFT and NCT at Chankhala under Khowai Police Station. The clash occurred at Chankhala local market with the IPFT supporters using sticks following a dispute over support to the demand of separate statehood.
An FIR has been lodged with Khowai Police Station accusing three of the 20 IPFT supporters- Kailash Debbarma, Chandrakumar Debbarma and Jeetu Debbarma. So far, no arrest has been made. For a little over three months now, villages under Khowai Police Station have turned a war zone.
The root of the problem lies in establishing political control over the area raising the demand for separate statehood. It is alleged that IPFT activists stormed into the NCT rally. Some of the injured, said to be NCT activists, accused the IPFT of orchestrating the attack and claimed many of them received injuries.
“We have received information about a clash at Chankhala, in which 15 people are said to be injured”, said a Police officer tonight. Around 50 NCT supporters were attending a rally when they were attacked. “We were attending a rally when around 20 men, all IPFT activists, attacked us with sticks. They asked for support the separate statehood demand raised by IPFT”, said an NCT activist.
An NCT leader added the IPFT men had attacked NCT rally by gathering anti-socials who had to backtrack after they faced strong resistance from locals. Reportedly, tension spread to adjoining villages. Police strength was augmented soon after the clash. The IPFT goons also threatened local journalists of dire consequences.
Though ruling CPIM is well in control of in the Assembly seat, there has been a slide in its vote bank since previous years. There was substantial erosion in the party base. A large number of lower level workers switched their allegiance to the IPFT, which has been garnering support in favour of separate statehood.