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Bandh in NE states against police firing on people protesting against Citizenship Bill in Tripura

Press Trust of India  |  Agartala 

Firing and lathicharge by security forces to quell protests against the Citizenship (Amendment) Bill, 2016 in West district earlier this week triggered 'bandh' in large parts of the northeastern state Saturday.

Agitators in neighbouring and too joined the stir against the bill that aims to provide citizenship to illegal migrants of Hindu, Sikh, Buddhist, Jain, Parsi or Christian extraction from Afghanistan, and

On Tuesday, the day the bill was passed in Lok Sabha, seven people were injured in Madhabbari area of the district when police and the paramilitary forces resorted to lathi-charge and fired in the air to disperse protesters.

Normal life was crippled during the dawn-to-dusk on Saturday in Tribal Areas Autonomous District Council (TTAADC), which comprises two-thirds of Tripura's territory and is home to tribals who constitute a third of the state's population.

The call was given by five indigenous parties Indigenous People's Front of (IPFT-Tipraha), Indigenous of Twipra, Twipra State Party, National Conference of Tripura and to protest against the police firing.

Sunil Dev Debbarma, of Tripura Students Federation, said the seven injured in the lathi charge are admitted to a hospital but said to be stable.

Khumulwng town, the headquarters of the tribal council around 18km from Agartala, remained deserted as shops were closed and markets were closed and vehicles stayed off roads.

Schools, colleges and government offices also remained shut, police said.

There was no report of any violence from any part of the council during the bandh, said Subrata Chakraborty, the state additional general (law and order).

"There were road blockades by supporters in at least three districts Kalacherra, S K Para and Neilahabari in district, Sachirambari in district, Amarpur and Takcherra in district," Chakraborty said.

The said there was no road blockade or demonstration near Khumulwng town and adjacent areas.

When contacted, Radha Charan Debbarma, TTAADC of the opposition CPI(M), said the situation in the council area remained peaceful.

"Over 1,800 schools and eight colleges in TTAADC area remained closed and no employee turned up at their offices. Everything, including markets and shops, remained closed and vehicles remained off roads," Debbarma said.

Superintendent of Police said the situation in Madhabbari and adjacent areas was normal.

The ban on and prohibitory orders under Section 144 of the Code of Criminal Procedure have been lifted, Singh said.

has ordered a magisterial inquiry into how and under what circumstances police opened fire on protesters in Madhabbari.

During the bandh, members wore black badges and took out rallies with black flags in several places, TSP said.

A motorbike rally with participants carrying black flags was organised in Barkathal in district, he said.

In the neighbouring Assam, the (NESO) observed a 'black day' to protest the firing incident in Tripura.

The All Students Union, a constituent of NESO, hoisted a black flag at its headquarters in Guwahati and student activists protested across the state.

Samujjal Bhattacharya, who had gone to Tripura with a team of NESO members, said they were stopped by police when they were proceeding towards to visit the injured persons after meeting other injured people at

He alleged that the Deb does not understand the pain of the indigenous people.

"We condemn the high-handed attitude of BJP government in Tripura and protest against it by observing today as 'black day', he added.

In Mizoram, the Mizo Zirlai Pawl or Mizo student federation, a constituent of NESO, had called for protests.

Black flags were hoisted at several places in the state capital Aizawl by MZP activists.

(This story has not been edited by Business Standard staff and is auto-generated from a syndicated feed.)

First Published: Sat, January 12 2019. 20:45 IST