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Citizenship Bill stir: Seven injured in clashes in Tripura

Press Trust of India  |  Agartala 

At least seven persons were injured, some with gunshot wounds, on Tuesday in district, about 15 km from here, when police and paramilitary jawans resorted to lathicharge and opened fire in the air to disperse Citizenship Bill protesters.

Those injured included a Tripura State Rifles (TSR) personnel and six (TSF) members who blocked the Assam-Agartala at Madhabbari in station area of the district to oppose the Bill, a said.

NESO, a joint platform of eight student organisations, including the TSF, called for 11-hour Northeast bandh to protest against the move of the central government to introduce Citizenship (Amendment) Bill, 2016 in Parliament.

The bill that seeks to provide Indian citizenship to non-Muslims from Bangaldesh, and was passed by the Lok Sabha on Tuesday.

After several failed attempts to convince the protesters to withdraw the blockade on the National Highway, police resorted to lathicharge, burst tear and opened fire in the air, (Law and Order) Subrata Chakraborty said.

"Although the exact number of injured is yet to be ascertained, most of them were initially admitted at in Jirania and later shifted to G B Pant hospital and here," he said.

When contacted, Jirania SDPO Pran said the bandh supporters set fire to around ten shops in the area.

The situation is tense but under control with Rifles personnel posted in the region, he said.

TSF Sunil Debbarma, on his part, said the six bandh supporters suffered without any provocation.

"When six of our activists received bullet injuries, they were admitted to nearby As their condition started deteriorating, they were referred to GB Pant hospital," he said.

Debbarma also said that the TSR personnel attacked the ambulance which was ferrying the injured activists from one hospital to another.

"The ambulance was attacked and damaged by TSR personnel. It was only after the of police intervened, the injured were allowed to head for the GB Pant Hospital", he told reporters.

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First Published: Tue, January 08 2019. 19:01 IST