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Bandh in Tripura tribal council area affects normal life

Press Trust of India  |  Agartala 

Normal life was crippled in the tribal council area of on Saturday during the dawn-to-dusk called by five indigenous parties to protest against the police firing at Madhabbari earlier this week.

The Tribal Areas Autonomous District Council (TTAADC) comprises two-third of the state's territory and is home to the tribals, who constitute a third of the state's population.

Khumulwng town, the headquarters of the tribal council and around 18 km from here, wore a deserted look as shops downed their shutters, markets remained closed and vehicles stayed off the roads. Schools, colleges and government offices also remained closed, the police said.

On Tuesday, seven people were injured at Madhabbari in West district when the police and the paramilitary forces resorted to lathi-charge and fired in the air to disperse those protesting against the citizenship bill.

The parties, who called the bandh, are the Indigenous People's Front of Tripura (IPFT-Tipraha), Indigenous of Twipura (INPT), (TSP), National Conference of Tripura (NCT) and (TPP).

The entire tribal council area remained peaceful so far and no untoward incident was reported from any part of the council area, and no one was arrested, said Subrata Chakraborty, the state additional general (law and order).

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

The said there were no road blockades or demonstrations near Khumulwng and adjacent areas.

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

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

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

"The ban on and prohibitory order under section 144 of the CrPC (Code of Criminal Procedure) would expire in the evening. If the situation demands, both would continue," he said.

had told a press conference earlier that a magisterial inquiry was ordered to look into how the incident took place and under what circumstances did the police open fire.

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First Published: Sat, January 12 2019. 16:00 IST