Agartala: The 12-hour Tripura bandh called by state Congress unit to protest against the attack on state Congress president Pijush Kanti Biswas did not have much impact on general public movement.
Government offices recorded usual attendance, while shops, local trains, hotels and public establishments worked as per routine.
However, shops in Agartala were closed in the morning hours as Congress workers were picketing at the post office at Chowmuhani. On the other hand, BJP supporters were seen encouraging everyone to keep shops open during the Bandh.
State Congress president Pijush Kanti Biswas was attacked by miscreants in front of the party office in Bishalgarh on Sunday. Upon receiving the news of the incident, BJP MP Pratima Bhowmik rushed to the spot and took note of the treatment of Biswas.
Chief Minister Biplab Kumar Deb also spoke to Biswas over the phone and assured that the culprits would be arrested. However, the Pradesh Congress called for a 12-hour shutdown in the wake of the attack on the party president.
The ruling BJP has strongly condemned the incident that took place on Sunday and claimed that it was due to a squabble within the Congress.
The Transport Minister Pranajit Singh Roy has condemned the attack on the Pradesh Congress president and opposed the bandh.
“Both the government and the ruling party have condemned the attack on the Pradesh Congress president. Despite this, I can’t find any rationale for this bandh. The people have rejected the bandh and made it clear that there is no place for anti-people activities in Tripura,” Singha Roy said.
Deepak Majumder, chairman of the Tripura Road Transport Corporation’s (TRTC), said the bandh was evidence of the failure of Congress despite MP and chief minister calling upon the state president and assuring action against the miscreants.
Meanwhile, Pradesh Youth Congress president Pujan Biswas said that the bandh has been a resounding success. People are not opening their mouths due to fear of the ruling BJP.
The Sadar sub-divisional police officer (SDPO) Shashvat Kumar, said that around 30 protesters were arrested under section 151 by the police and would be released later in the evening.
“The situation was tense, however, with adequate security arrangements we have brought the situation under control again,” Kumar said.
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