Over 300 Congress supporters were arrested temporarily during the bandh on Monday
Over 300 Congress supporters were arrested temporarily during the bandh on Monday|EastMojo Image

Tripura: Cong-sponsored 12-hour bandh evokes mixed response across state

Attendance in government offices and civil secretariat was normal during the bandh

Chandan Panday

Chandan Panday

Agartala: The 12-hour dawn to dusk ‘bandh’ called by the Tripura Pradesh Congress Committee (TPCC) to press for their various demands evokes mixed response across the state on Monday.

However, reports of clashes between supporters of Congress and the BJP are coming from different areas of the state. Stone pelting incidents between supporters of both the parties have also been reported from different areas. Police also had to resort to mild lathi charge to control situation in some of the areas in Tripura during the bandh on Monday.

The ‘bandh’ was felt across the state since morning as most of the banks, shops and commercial establishments here remained closed. However, the attendance in government offices and civil secretariat was as usual.

The main protest was organised at Agartala where PCC chief Pijush Kanti Biswas and other senior leaders were present.

Speaking with EastMojo, Sadar sub-division police officer Saswat Kumar said that some Congress agitators were arrested in front of the party office as they tried to take out a possession.

Meanwhile, the Tripura police have arrested around 300 picketers from across the state and put them in temporary jails. However, they would be released in the evening in phases.

The state youth Congress president Pujan Biswas said, “The band was successful all over Tripura and we thank the people for making the bandh a success."

The 12-point charter of demands of the Congress party include better service in GBP and other hospitals for COVID-19 patients; withdrawal of chief minister’s statement against media; stop attack over the Opposition party leaders and releasing party offices occupied illegally; payment of compensation to those who lost money in chit fund; cash dole support of Rs 7,500 per month to needy families; immediate compensation of Rs 10 lakh to kin of COVID-19 victims.

The demands also include immediate reappointment of 10,323 teachers; employment opportunities and jobs for youths; security for all women in Tripura; strengthening the economic position of tribal men and women in ADC areas; stop harassing families living on the other side of the fences and restoration of order and discipline in educational institutions.

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