Normal life was paralysed following the imposition of Section 144 of the CrPC in the Teliamura sub-division of Khowai district in Tripura Credit: Representational image

Agartala: As part of its precautionary measures to maintain peace in areas under Teliamura subdivision of Khowai district, the sub-divisional magistrate has extended Section 144 of the Criminal Procedure Code (CrPC), which is already in force since 3.30 pm on Tuesday, till 3.30 pm on Thursday.

Based on intelligence reports that political clashes may erupt in areas like Dachura Bazaar, Binoy Chowmuhani, Maharanipur under Kalyanpur police station and Mungiakami Bazaar, Block Jumbari, Panbari, Ramkrishnapur Parea under Mungiakami police station following the election, the sub-divisional magistrate had imposed Section 144 at 3.30 p.m on Tuesday.

According to an official notification, not more than two vehicles in a four-wheeler convoy would be allowed, restriction on pillion riding and assembly of more than five persons have also been restricted in the areas where Section 144 has been imposed.

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Earlier in the wee hours on Tuesday, clashes took place at Mungiakami area when a team of state forest division reached the area to conduct a raid. The villagers allegedly tried to stop the personnel from the forest division and Tripura State Rifles (TSR) from entering the village to conduct the raid. Following this, the TSR personnel had to resort to firing in the air to control the situation.

Later, the angry villagers on Wednesday blocked the main road in the area in protest against the district administration’s decision to resort to firing in the air on Tuesday morning. However, following assurance from sub divisional magistrate (SDM) Bhaswar Bhattacharya and senior police officer Tapas Paul to investigate into the matter, the villagers decided to call off the blockade programme.

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