Tripura CM Biplab Kumar Deb

Agartala: Almost 11 days after a clash between local residents and security personnel left several injured at Madhav Bari in Jirania, Tripura chief minister Biplab Kumar Deb visited the area on Saturday and declared a compensation of Rs 1 lakh for each of the injured persons.

At least seven tribal youths were injured during an 11-hour bandh called by the North East Students’ Organisation (NESO) to oppose the Citizenship (Amendment) Bill, 2019, on January 8 this year.

Addressing the media, Deb also announced a financial assistance of Rs 50,000 to the traders whose shops were gutted during the clash. Accompanied by tribal welfare minister Mevar Kumar Jamatia and sitting MLA Susanta Chowdhury, Deb also assured them that the government would help the traders in getting loans and reinstalling their shops at the earliest.

The CM’s visit has come just two days after a similar visit by Congress leader Pradyot Kishore Deb Barman to Madhav Bari on Thursday.

The CM had earlier called for a magisterial probe over the incident, which was opposed by the opposition that has been demanding a judicial probe into the incident by a sitting justice of the high court, as well as government jobs and an amount of Rs 20 lakh as compensation to each of the injured persons.

On January 8, as many as eight persons, including one police personnel, were injured in a clash between picketers and the police, with five youths sustaining bullet injuries after the police resorted to firing and lathicharge.

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