Members of Twipra Students Federation (TSF) stage protest on Wednesday

Agartala: The Twipra Students Federation (TSF) on Wednesday observed ‘Black Day’ over the incident of open firing on students that took place exactly a year ago during a peaceful protest over the Citizenship Amendment Bill (CAB) last year.

The West district police had allegedly fired bullets over the TSF agitators who were protesting in Dasharam Para village in Madhav Bari of in Tripura Tribal Areas Autonomous District Council (TTAADC).

Speaking with reporters, TSF general secretary, Sunil Debbarma, said that last year on this day while protest peacefully against (CAB) on the North East strike, called by the North East Student’s Organisation (NESO), the Tripura State Rifles (TSR) opened fired upon the agitators injuring many with bullet wounds.

“Even though we had the permission for the peaceful protest but the police resorted to open firing which resulted in five agitator’s injury. Even the ambulance which was taking the injured persons to GBP hospital in Agartala was vandalized and they were thrashed out of the vehicle by the police. Therefore we are observing the 8 January as Black Day,” Debbarma said.

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He also said that the government has conducted a magisterial inquiry on it and for which some police officials were suspended or transferred, but they are not happy with it.

“The government didn’t take any strict actions against the then west district superintended of police Ajit Pratap Singh and the Jirania sub-divisional magistrate, who actually instructed to fire bullets on the agitators. We are not happy with the government. Today, we also held a rally against the CAA which should be scrap from the NE,” Debbarma added.

Meanwhile, the former Member of Parliament (MP) from Assam, S K Bwismuthiary, who also joined the protest this afternoon, has termed the CAA as a “draconian law” and said that the tragic day of Tripura had started since it merged with the Indian territory on October 15, 1949.

“The previous governments without passing any law and act had helped many foreigners to settle them in Tripura, Assam, Meghalaya and in other states of India. Now, the Modi government has passed this CAA forcefully to give citizenship to the illegal immigrants. I would like to say that this CAA is very draconian and it is quite detrimental through the overall interest of the indigenous. We will become like ashes if CAA is implemented here. This is an atom bomb just to destroy us,” he said.

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