A total 83 people were injured, including 11 journalists, when Tripura police and Tripura State Rifles (TSR) wielded the stick on Sunday on supporters and opposition Congress workers in Agartala.
Police said the forces resorted to lathi charge as Congress workers tried to stop examinees from appearing for the Common Entrance Test (CET) of Tripura Medical College (TMC) demanding 85 of the 100 seats should be filled up by students qualifying in the state joint entrance examination.
Following the lathi charge 44 people, including three journalists, were treated at Agartala Government Medical College here and 39 persons were released after first aid.
Leader of the opposition, Ratan Lal Nath told newsmen that Congress workers had gone to the spot to request the examinees to stay away from the 'illegal' CET which was 'detrimental' to the interests of the students in the state. The police, he claimed, resorted to lathi charge without provocation.
The state police chief had on Saturday announced that he was instructed to ensure that the examination peaceful.
Nath said 85 seats should be filled by students qualifying in JEE as TMC is a government medical college and the rest 15 seats could be kept reserved for central pool. But the state government wanted to fill up 55 seats from JEE and 30 by those who qualify in the CET.
The director of health service had in an affidavit said TMC is a government college, set to get the approval of Medical Council of India (MCI).