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Tripura orders magisterial probe into police firing on tribal youths

IANS  |  Agartala 

The BJP-led government on Thursday ordered a magisterial inquiry into the police firing on Tuesday injuring six tribal youths, agitating against the controversial Citizenship (Amendment) Bill.

said West District Magistrate would inquire into the January 8 incidents and submit a report "within the shortest possible time."

"After getting the report, the government would take appropriate steps and the guilty would not be spared," Deb told the media before leaving for to attend the national council meeting of the

Deb, who also holds the home portfolio, said the would bear the expenditure of the treatment of the injured youths.

of Police (Law and Order) said: "Some tribal youths while demonstrating against the Citizenship (Amendment) Bill turned violent at Madhab Bari in western on Tuesday. The police, Tripura State Rifles and CRPF troopers, after taking all necessary steps were unable to control the mob. The police then opened fire injuring six tribal youths, two of them seriously."

A security man was also injured following an attack by agitators, who also burnt down at least 20 shops in the area.

Opposition Congress, (CPI-M) and Indigenous (INPT) strongly condemned the police firing and demanded a probe.

Ruling BJP's partner Indigenous People's Front of Tripura (IPFT) has demanded a judicial probe into the incident by a sitting

The ruling (BJP), however, accused the CPI-M and other opposition parties of provoking the agitators.

Demanding a CBI probe and resignation of Biplab Kumar Deb, (TSF) said the police had opened fire without any provocation.

The TSF is a constituent of the (NESO), who on Tuesday called the 11-hour shutdown in the entire northeastern region, comprising seven states, excluding Sikkim, to oppose the Bill.

Various tribal parties in Tripura have strongly opposed the Citizenship Bill.

The IPFT is also a member of Bharatiya Janata Party-led alliance NEDA (North East Democratic Alliance), convener of which is BJP-led government's

Amid strong opposition by various political parties, including Congress, Left and Trinamool Congress, the Lok Sabha on Tuesday passed the Citizenship Amendment Bill, that seeks to grant citizenship to migrants from six non-Muslim minority groups from Bangladesh, and

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First Published: Thu, January 10 2019. 17:28 IST
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