Elder brother of Tripura PCC President Sudip Roy Burman held with revolver

The elder brother of Tripura PCC President Sudip Roy Burman was arrested from Champaknagar, about 20 km from here, on the charge of carrying unlicenced arms and Bangladeshi taka, about a fortnight before the state assembly polls.

Sandip Roy Burman and two others were arrested during a joint raid by Tripura police and Assam Rifles on his brick kiln at Champaknagar during the day, police said.

A revolver, some live cartridges and Bangladshicurrency were seized from them and the three men were handed over to Jirania police, the police said.

The TPCC president later told newsmen that the arrest was a "conspiracy" hatched by ruling CPI-M to tarnish his and his family members images before the February 14 elections".

"CPI-M has understood that people are disillusioned with the misrule by the Left and are supporting Congress. So, they hatched this heinous conspiracy to divert the people's attention and to fish in troubled waters."

"But I am sure people will understand the evil design and extend more support," Burman said.

The CPI(M) denied that it hatched a conspiracy to arrest the brother of Congress state president.

Addressing a press conference, CPI(M) state secretary Bijan Dhar said, "We have demanded an inquiry and punishment of the guilty. We oppose the charge that our party had hatched a conspiracy to arrest him."

Dhar alleged that the police also found from the kiln some documents related to the outlawed National Liberation Front of Tripura (NLFT).

CPI(M) spokesman Gautam Das, who was also present in the press conference, said the documents proved that Congress had some nexus with the ultras and they might try to use the ultras during the election to terrorise people."

The police said some subscription receipts were seized from the kiln.

Dhar said, "We appeal to people to remain alert and also request the Election Commission to ensure peace before the elections".

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