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Manik Sarkar seeks judicial probe into Madhabbari clashes

Press Trust of India  |  Agartala 

of Opposition and former on Monday demanded a judicial probe into last week's Citizenship bill protests at Madhabbari, which led to the of at least seven persons, including a State Rifles (TSR) personnel.

Police resorted to lathicharge, burst tear and opened fire in the air on January 8 to disperse agitators, who blocked highways seeking revocation of Citizenship Bill.

Six (TSF) were among those who sustained in the incident.

Criticizing the police action, Sarkar, who took a tour of Madhabbari in West district, said "firing on the protesters was not necessary".

"Many shops and houses were burnt and damaged in Madhabbari and its adjacent areas in Jirania sub-division during the agitation. The protesters received on their back, which indicates that they were running away.

"A judicial probe should be carried out into the incident by a sitting judge," told reporters.

The former CM, however, declined to comment on Citizenship (Amendment) Bill, which is pending Rajya Sabha approval.

The legislation seeks to grant nationality to non- Muslims who fled religious persecution in three neighbouring countries and entered before December 31, 2014. It was passed by the Lok Sabha last week.

Earlier on Friday, ordered a magisterial inquiry into Madhabbari clashes.

However, regional parties in the state, including Indigenous People's Front of (IPFT) - alliance of BJP -led government - and Indigenous of Twipra (INPT), (TSP), have demanded a judicial probe into the incident.

Five tribal parties on Saturday observed a dawn-to- dusk bandh in (TTAADC) areas, constituting two-thirds of the the state's territory, demanding resignation of Biplab Kumar Deb over the incident.

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

First Published: Mon, January 14 2019. 18:50 IST