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Agartala court releases all 23 I-PAC members, booked by Tripura Police, on unconditional bail

The 23 members of I-PAC have been reportedly booked under the National Disaster Management Act along with Section 188 of the Indian Penal Code.

July 29, 2021 / 02:54 PM IST
IPAC is the political research organisation founded by poll strategist Prashant Kishor (File image)

IPAC is the political research organisation founded by poll strategist Prashant Kishor (File image)

A court in Agartala released all 23 members of Indian Political Action Committee (I-PAC) on unconditional bail on July 29. They were booked by the Tripura Police for the alleged violation of COVID-19 protocol.

Advocate PK Biswas, who appeared for the accused before the court, suggested that the bench did not find merit in the submission made by the prosecution on behalf of the state police.

"The court released all 23 persons of I-PAC on unconditional bail today. Court rejected the submission made by public prosecutor," news agency ANI quoted Biswas as saying.

According to Times Now, the 23 members of I-PAC have been booked under the National Disaster Management Act (NDMA) along with Section 188 (disobedience to order duly promulgated by public servant) of the Indian Penal Code. They have been summoned for questioning on August 1, the news channel reported.

Notably, I-PAC is the organisation founded by poll strategist Prashant Kishor. His team is considered to have arrived in Tripura to assess the public sentiment towards the incumbent BJP-IPFT government, and whether the West Bengal-ruling TMC can gain political grounds in the state.

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The I-PAC researchers arrived in the state on July 20-21, and were "detained" at a hotel on July 26.

After they were allegedly put under house arrest, the local TMC unit staged a demonstration. Senior party leader Derek O'Brien arrived from Delhi to Agartala earlier in the day to demand their release.

Accusing the BJP-led government of politically targeting the I-PAC team members, O'Brien said, "This is the only kind of antics they know - to threaten, to bully. We will take them head-on."
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