The Communist Party of India (Marxist) in Tripura said that one of its activists was killed and 12 others, including former finance minister Bhanu Lal Saha, were injured in an attack by supporters of the ruling BJP in Sepahijala district on Wednesday.

“Comrade Sahid Miah was brutally killed today by BJP goons in Tripura who attacked CPI(M) leaders and workers. At Least 12 comrades including senior leader MLA comrade Bhanu Lal Saha were seriously injured. Red Salute Comrade Sahid Miah,” read a tweet by the official handle of CPI(M).

The violence broke out when a group of CPI(M) supporters tried to reopen a local party office which was gutted in political violence in 2018, shortly after the BJP-led government came to power.

The incident occurred at Charilam, home turf of deputy chief minister Jishnu Devvarma, barely 27 kilometres away from Agartala.

The deceased Sahid Miah was 65-year-old.

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