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CURFEW REMAINS IN TRIPURA ADC, STRIKE PEACEFUL!

The dawn-to-dusk strike in the Tripura Tribal Areas Autonomous District Council (ADC) called by tribal parties and organizations on Saturday, in protest against Tuesday’s police firing on agitators against the Citizenship (Amendment) Bill, passed off peacefully.
With the exception of BJP’s ally in the government Indigenous People’s Front of Tripura (IPFT), all tribal organizations — Indigenous Nationalist Party of Twipra, the Tipraha faction of IPFT, National Conference of Tripura and Tripura Students’ Federation — supported the bandh.
The protesting organizations have sought a judicial inquiry into the firing, suspension of erring police personnel and compensation of Rs 25 lakh for the injured.
Police said there was no untoward incident reported from anywhere, as sufficient security personnel have been deployed across the two-thirds of the state under the ADC. Except educational institutions and markets, all the government offices and banks were closed since it was the month’s second Saturday.
Movement of vehicles in the ADC areas did not stop due to strike. However, in a few areas, protesters held rallies.
North East Students’ Organization (Neso) adviser Samujjal Bhattacharya, who was in the state on Saturday, said, “It was unprovoked targeted firing by police on the demonstrators to create chaos and destabilise the movement against illegal foreigners. There was no executive magistrate present during firing and police was desperate to hush up the incident and the government has stood up with the accused persons. They prevented usfrom entering the ADC headquarter hospital where some injured were being treated. We want a judicial inquiry by a sitting high court and take immediate action against all the accused.”

At least 23 tribal youths and a TSR jawan were injured in police firing and clashes and more than 30 shops were set on fire at Madhavbari during demonstration of tribal-based regional parties demanding withdrawal of Citizenship (Amendment) Bill on January 8.

“Life is slowly limping back to normalcy but the curfew will be relaxed only after the law and order situation is reviewed,” SP Ajit Pratap Singh said, adding that no fresh violence or clash has taken place.

Chief minister Biplab Kumar Deb reiterated on Saturday that a magisterial inquiry into the incident of violence in Madhavbari will be carried out and later the government shall take action as per the inquiry report

Source: TOI