Call it the revenge of a dogged politician.
A CPI(M) leader in Tripura’s remote Dhalai district set his pet dog loose on the kin of his Congress rival apparently to settle an old score. Result: five members of the latter’s family are in hospital with serious injuries.
Staunch Communist Umesh Nath of small town Manu, 85 km northeast of Tripura capital Agartala, had a long-running feud with his neighbour and diehard Congressman Bhabotosh Majumdar.
On Monday, on his way home from a party rally, Nath ran into Majumdar near his house and allegedly abused him. This led to a heated argument between the two. Their family members joined in leading to an exchange of abuses.
Nath then ran into his house, returned with his pet dog of the local ‘kedi’ breed and set him loose on his opponents. The black dog ran amok biting five members of Majumdar’s family. Majumdar’s wife, son and daughter are among injured.
Both parties filed complaints at the Manu police station. Majumdar said: “The police have been acting in a partisan manner. They are applying pressure on me to withdraw the case and settle the matter amicably.”
Nath refused to speak. The Dhalai district police denied being under pressure from anyone. “Had this been the case, we would not have arrested Nath, one of two from each family,” said sub-inspector Dhananjoy Rupini.