AGARTALA: Tension gripped Lalit Bazar area under Ranirbazar police station of Agartala following an alleged attack on Muslim families by local tribals yesterday in connection with the molestation of a girl two days ago when she was returning home at late night with her friend after attending Durga Puja.
Based on her complaint, at least four Muslim youths were arrested from the area and investigation has been started in the case.
In the meantime, allegedly on October 18 night a group of tribal youths attacked Muslim houses in the locality to avenge the molestation of the girl.
According to reports, Muslim families were shifted in a camp and agitated youths have reportedly burnt down a few abandoned houses.
Police said that more than 70 Muslim families left their houses yesterday and took shelter at Ranirbazar police station, however, later, police sent them back enveloped in tight security.
In the evening, again they left their homes and took shelter in a nearby school building, out of fear.
The administration deployed additional security in the locality and issued public warning against terror-striking activities.
However, nobody has been arrested so far in connection with the attacks.
The Revenue Minister also IPFT President N C Debbarma and Tribal Welfare Minister also IPFT General Secretary Mevar Kumar Jamatia along with local MLA of Mandai, District Magistrate Dr Sandeep M Mahatme and Superintendent of Police West Tripura Ajit Pratap Singh visited the area and appealed people to maintain peace.
Police has warned social media users, deliberately indulged in distorted campaign on communal lines, to refrain from such activities.
A group with vested interest is spreading rumors in social media that some non-tribal people were involved in this incident and a group of tribal people set the fire in two-three Bengali Muslim houses at Kalikapur area of Lalit Bazar, which was completely false and motivated, it said.