Tripura Police booked two women journalists under several sections relating to spreading communal disharmony, committing insult with the intent of provoking breach of peace and criminal conspiracy.
The FIR was lodged by one Kanchan Das, a supporter of the right-wing group Vishva Hindu Parishad against the journalists - Sammriddhi Sakunia and Swarna Jha.
The journalists alleged that police came to their hotel in Dharmanagar sub-division of Tripura's north district in the monring hours on Sunday and "intimidated" them.
The FIR has been lodged at the Fatikroy Police Station in Unakoti district. The journalists said they were covering the recent incidents of violence in Tripura and have been asked to appear at the Fatikroy Police Station on November 21.
Sakunia alleged in a tweet that they were not allowed to leave the hotel. However, the Tripura Police has denied the allegations.
“…neither any police personnel was deployed outside their hotel nor they were restrained from moving out. Police party went to hotel to serve the legal notice as required under investigation of any case. The police party left after serving the notice,” Tripura Police said in a tweet.
Later, Sakunia, said in a tweet, that they have been detained at the Nilambazar police station, Karimganj, Assam.
"We were informed by the officer in-charge of Nilambazar PS that SP of Gomti District gave the orders for our detention," she said in a tweet.
Meanwhile, the Union Home Ministry stated that news reports detailing an alleged incident of vandalisation of a mosque in Kakraban area of Gomati district in Tripura are “fake” and a “complete misrepresentation of facts”.
"These news reports are fake and are a complete misrepresentation of facts. The mosque in Dargabazar area of Kakraban has not been damaged and the Tripura Police in Gomati district is working to maintain peace and tranquillity," the government said in an official press release.