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Madhabbari violence: Tribal outfits call bandh on Jan 12

Press Trust of India  |  Agartala 

Five Indigenous political parties have called a dawn-to-dusk in the Tribal Areas Autonomous District Council (TTAADC) on Saturday to protest against unprovoked police firing at Madhabbari in West district earlier this week.

The TTAADC area comprises two-third of the state's territory and is home to tribals, who constitute a third of the population of

The parties, who have called the bandh, are Indigenous Peoples Front of Tripura (IPFT-Tipraha group), Indigenous (INPT), (TSP), National Conference of Tripura (NCT) and Tripura Peoples Party (TPP).

At least seven persons were injured on Tuesday in West Tripura district when police and paramilitary jawans resorted to lathicharge and fired in the air to disperse Citizenship Bill protesters.

Un a joint press conference on Thursday night, the leaders of the said parties announced their decision to call a

Their demands include resignation of Biplab Kumar Deb, inquiry by a sitting of Tripura High Court, Rs 25 lakh compensation to all the injured activists of the TSF or government job for them and withdrawal of cases against the leaders, who participated in the protests.

of INPT Jagadish Debbarma said, Police opened unprovoked firing and we have demanded judicial probe by a sitting so that truths are unveiled.

The on Thursday had ordered a magisterial inquiry into the violence at Madhabbari in West Tripura district and extended a ban on and mobile Internet services in the state.

Police on Thursday said that the situation in Madhabbari and adjacent areas is normal but prohibitory order under section 144 of CrPc would be further extended for 48 hours.

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

Earlier on Thursday, Mevar Kumar Jamatiya, the state Tribal Welfare minister and of ruling IPFT in a press conference alleged that the opposition CPI(M) and INPT had aggravated the situation at Madhabbari and misguided the movement.

The (TSF), a constituent of (NESO), had demonstrated by blocking the road on Tuesday to protest the citizenship amendment bill, 2016.

of TSF, said his organization would support the to make it a success.

The opposition CPI(M) has appealed to the political parties to withdraw the bandh as it feels it would not help solve the problems.

We have appealed to the parties to withdraw the bandh, because it could further aggravate the situation in the state, CPI(M) member and former state Secretary told reporters on Friday.

said his party would oppose the bandh as its organizers were trying to aggravate the situation and create an atmosphere of turmoil.

"Opposition CPI(M) was inducing different quarters to create an atmosphere of turmoil in the state. We oppose the bandh," Bhattacharya told reporters.

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First Published: Fri, January 11 2019. 16:35 IST