Agartala: At least eight persons were injured, including a policeman and a photojournalist, after protests turned violent in Khumulung, the headquarters of Tripura Tribal Areas Autonomous District Council, in the Madhavbari area of West Tripura district on Tuesday.
The protest rally was taken out during the 11-hour bandh from 5 am to 4 pm called by the North East Students’ Organisation (NESO) to oppose the Citizenship (Amendment) Bill, 2016. The bandh was supported by the Twipra Students’ Federation (TSF) and the Indigenous Nationalist People’s Party (INPT), the youth wing of the Indigenous People’s Front of Tripura (IPFT) that is an ally of the ruling BJP government in Tripura.
Around 9 am on Tuesday, protestors blocked National Highway 8 in Madhavbari. The situation worsened when the police resorted to firing to disperse the agitation crowd. Eight people, including six protestors, a policeman and a photojournalist, were injured in the process.
The agitators later set fire to some of the shops in the area.
A large number of Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF) and Tripura State Rifles (TSR) troops were deployed to control the situation. Section 144 of CrPC was imposed in Madhavbari area.
Meanwhile, government offices, schools and business establishments remained shut in Agartala on the first day of the 48-hour strike called by 10 central trade unions.
Apart from CITU, nine other trade unions have lent their support to the strike. They are Indian National Trade Union Congress (INTUC), All India Trade Union Congress (AITUC), Hind Mazdoor Sabha (HMS), CITU, AIUTUC, UTCU, TUCC, LPC, LPF and SEWA.