Five Indigenous political parties have called a dawn-to-dusk bandh in the Tripura Tribal Areas Autonomous District Council (TTAADC) on Saturday to protest against unprovoked police firing at Madhabbari in West Tripura 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 Tripura.
The parties, who have called the bandh, are Indigenous Peoples Front of Tripura (IPFT-Tipraha group), Indigenous Nationalist Party of Tripura (INPT), Twipra State Party (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 bandh.
Their demands include resignation of Chief Minister Biplab Kumar Deb, inquiry by a sitting judge 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.
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.
Earlier on Thursday, Mevar Kumar Jamatiya, the state Tribal Welfare minister and General Secretary 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 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) Central Committee member and former state Secretary Bijan Dhar told reporters on Friday.
"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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