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Tripura: 12-hr shutdown cripples life, CM’s resignation, judicial probe demanded

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    IANS | Agartala, Jan 12, 2018

    A 12-hour shutdown, called by six indigenous parties in the indigenous areas of Tripura to protest police firing earlier this week injuring six youths agitating against the Citizenship (Amendment) Bill, crippled life on Saturday, police said.

    “Except two minor incidents, the shutdown was peaceful in the entire TTAADC (Tripura Tribal Areas Autonomous District Council) areas. The bandh supporters attacked a passenger vehicle and a two-wheeler at Bishramganj areas in western Tripura,” Police said.

    Most of government and semi-government as well as private offices, educational institutions, shops and business establishments were closed due to the strike, the police said.

    Banks and financial institutions were also closed in view of the shutdown, which was also opposed by the ruling Bharatiya Janata Party and the opposition Communist Party of India-(Marxist).

    All vehicles, except those of security forces, went off the roads.

    The parties led by the Indigenous Nationalist Party of Tripura (INPT) demanded Chief Minister Biplab Kumar Deb’s resignation, a judicial probe by a sitting High Court Judge, compensation of Rs 20 lakh or government jobs to the families of the injured youths.

    In view of the Saturday’s shutdown, security measures have been intensified and huge contingents of the Tripura State Rifles, Central Reserve Police Force, para-military Assam Rifles and Tripura Police have been deployed across TTAADC areas, covering over two-thirds of the state’s 10,491 sq.km area, and home to over 12 lakh people, mostly indigenous.

    Tripura unrest: NESO delegates from Assam not allowed to meet protesters in Tripura

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      January 12, 2019

      A team of delegates of the All Assam Students’ Union (AASU) including the student body chief adviser Samujjal Bhattacharya and North East Students’ Organization had left for Tripura on Thursday in order to take stock of the health of the protesters of the Citizenship Bill who had to meet injuries in police firing during the protest. But, the latest update on the visit of the delegates is that the members of the students’ body are being kept suspended from meeting the student protesters in on reaching the land of Tripura.

      A regional news web portal, The Sentinel reported that notably, the indigenous youths in Tripura were demonstrating protest against the controversial Citizenship (Amendment) Bill, 2016 in 2016 Madhabbari in West Tripura and adjacent areas on January 8. The Tripura Police in order to stop the protesters had open fired at them which resulted in the students meeting injuries. As per reports, there are 15 such students who sustained the injuries and 6 others are in a critical state.

      The student body leaders led by Bhattacharya, though reached Tripura to take account of the situation and meet the local people, but could not proceed further as they were stopped by the police in Khumulwng of Agartala.

      The student body, during their protest, clashed with the police at Khumulwng and faced lathi charge and blank fire to disperse the protesters. Police used rubber bullets and tear gas to chase away the protesters.

      Moreover, Section 144 of the CrPC has also been imposed in the state’s Madhabbari and adjacent areas for an indefinite period. The internet and SMS services had also been snapped.

      Source: The Sentinel

      Six indigenous parties call 12-hr shutdown on Jan 12 to protest police firing

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        Agartala, Jan 11 (IANS) Six indigenous parties have called for a 12-hour shutdown in Tripura on Saturday to protest police firing earlier this week injuring six youths agitating against the Citizenship (Amendment) Bill, an official said on Friday.

        Tripura | Internet & SMS services snapped for another 48 hours in state

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          AGARTALA | January 11, 2019:

          The Tripura government has decided to extend the suspension of SMS and internet services in the state for another 48 hours, in view of apprehensions of law and order problem, following the incident of firing three days ago in Madhav Bari area of Jirania in eastern part of Agartala, in which six people had received bullet injuries.

          Tripura | State govt moves to withdraw 322 extremists cases

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            AGARTALA | January 11, 2019:

            The BJP-IPFT government in Tripura decided to withdraw 322 cases of extremists as they have surrendered and the government has been submitting the petitions in different phases from March to December 2018.

            Tripura unrest: Curfew extended in parts of West Tripura, FIR against 3 persons

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              TNT Desk | January 09, 2019

              Prohibitory orders were imposed on Wednesday in parts of West Tripura after 6 persons were seriously injured in firing between the security personnel and civilians taking part in the Northeast Bandh on January 8.

              The incident took place in ripura’s Madhabbari and nearby areas.

              Despite the observance of a Northeast Bandh, the controversial Citizenship Amendment Bill was passed in the Lok Sabha yesterday. The Rajya Sabha is expected to vote on it today.

              The Scroll reported that Sub-Divisional Police Officer Prankrishna Das said the police launched a search operation at the Madhabbari and Dasharambari areas of West Tripura district on Tuesday night and seized a country-made gun and a machete. “The situation is completely under control now,” Das said.

              It was also reported that an FIR has been lodged against three persons for disrupting peace and order but no one had been arrested till the filing of this report.

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