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Students raise black flags across NE to protest Tripura firing

Govt trying to end agitation opposing Citizenship Bill through suppressive measures, says North East Students’ Organisation delegation that visited the injured persons at Khumulwng on Friday

Agartala: Members of the North East Students’ Organisation (NESO) -- the umbrella students' body representing all the states -- on Saturday observed 'black day' across the region by raising black flags to protest against the Tripura incident, in which police fired at protesters, and for barring its leaders from meeting the injured activists in Tripura’s Khumulwng town.

NESO members alleged that "the government was trying to end the whole agitation through suppressive measures", said Lurin Joyti Gogoi, general secretary of the influential All Assam Students’ Union. “The government opened fire to demolish a democratic struggle demanding the political right of indigenous communities," he added.

On Friday, a six-member delegation of NESO went to Tripura to visit the injured persons at Khumluwng hospital but they were initially denied permission to visit the place.

However, later in the evening, the delegation, including NESO advisor Samujjal Bhattacharya and chairman Samuel Jywra chairman, met the injured persons at GB Pant Hospital.

The delegation also took stock of the situation in the state following the strike called by NESO. The students' organisation also questioned why police resorted to firing at the protesters and demanded a judicial investigation into the firing.

On January 8, at least five persons were injured in Tripura’s Madhavbari area of Jarania during a strike called by various students’ organisations against the Citizenship (Amendment) Bill.

The entire Northeastern region has been protesting against the Bill which aims to provide citizenship to persecuted non-Muslim minorities from Bangladesh, Pakistan and Afghanistan. The Bill was passed in Lok Sabha on January 8 despite massive agitations across the region.