The central government has decided to stop free supply of ration to 35000 Bru refugees, who came from Mizoram 22 years ago and have been residing in six camps in Kanchanpur and Panisagar sub-divisions of North Tripura District from January 15 next.
After 6 protesters in West Tripura sustained bullet injuries today while taking part in the Northeast bandh called by NESO, rumours began to circulate on social media about the death of 5 people in the protest.
Hence in order to curb the spread of fake news and to maintain law and order, SMS messages of all mobile service providers as well as mobile internet/data services have been suspended for the next 48 hours.
The prohibition is also applicable to press messages.
The same was promulgated by Saradindu Chaudhuri, Additional Secretary to the Government of Tripura today.
Several protesters were today injured after the police open fired at them amidst the ongoing Northeast Bandh observed by the Northeast Indian region today which apparently turned violent in Dasaram Jirania in West Tripura.
As the entire Northeast Indian region comes together today to oppose the Citizenship Amendment Bill 2016, various organizations in Tripura also came forward to show solidarity with NESO for the Northeast Bandh which include YIPFT, INPT, TSF, ATISA among others.
As per the doctor’s statement at ADC hospital, 6 youths were brought to the hospital with bullet injuries at around 3 pm out of which 2 were in critical condition as the bullet had pierced through their chest and were referred to GB hospital at around 3. 30 pm.
The injured persons have been identified as Surajit Debbarma (18), Sankar Debbarma (29), Pohar Debbarma (22), Rabi Kumar Debbarma (24), Lalit Mohan Debbarma (40), Anthony Debbarma .
It was also informed that when the ambulance was taking the 2 critically injured patients to GB hospital, it was was attacked mid way due after which an escort vehicle helped the shifting them
The incident has invited criticism from Meghalaya’s student body the Khasi Students’ Union who are also part of NESO.
” We condemn the unprovoked firing of Tripura police on unarmed indigenous protesters in Tripura. And that this agitation will not be the last and until and unless the Bill is scrapped we will continue to fight under the aegis of NESO”, KSU General Secretary Donald Thabah said.
As the entire Northeast Indian region comes together today to oppose the Citizenship Amendment Bill 2016, various organizations in Tripura also came forward to show solidarity with NESO for the Northeast Bandh.
In the wake of protests staged by supporters of Indigenous Nationalist Party of Twipra (INPT) and Twipra Students’ Federation (TSF) among other indigeneous organizations at Madhavbari in West Tripura, Section 144 CrPC has been imposed across district in state.
Around 250 supporters of INPT and TSF gathered at Jirania in West Tripura, block roads to protest Citizenship (Amendment) Bill, 2016 today morning.
The Tripura Students body reportedly also blocked the National Highway 8 while protesting against the said Bill.
The indegenous organizations in Tripura backing the NESO called Northeast Bandh include YIPFT, INPT, TSF, ATISA among others.
Since 1950, barely three years after Maharaja Bir Bikram (MBB) College, the first realized concept of Maharaja Bir Bikram Kishore Manikya’s ‘Vidyapattan’ project, grabbing land from the proposed education hub complex had begun.
Ironically though, many of those who infused new thoughts in state politics at the time started grabbing the royal land donated for educational hub.
Seven decades after ‘Vidyapattan’ started, houses, offices, clubs and other structures can be seen scattered around the entire project complex. A social club claims to own a whole plot of land alongwith a pond, all of which ideally is property of ‘Vidyapattan’. At least six leaders and social workers have their houses on these encroached land.
Political minders say the erstwhile Left rulers exhibited a characteristic allergy towards royal history and their achievements. However, the current dispensation under BJP and IPFT are expected to be otherwise, especially owing to their apparent respect and recognition of the royal history.
According to the State Gazette from 1937, the kings donated 234 acre land for ‘Vidyapattan’ project where a degree college, a technical college, an agricultural science college, medical college, college of art and craft and a music college would be built. The first successful venture of the project was ‘Maharaja College’, which later came to be known as Maharaja Bir Bikram (MBB) College.
The then MBB College principal Late JK Choudhury lodged a complaint with the police and administration in 1952 where he mentioned land grabbing in the college complex. A letter from Chanchalcharan Guha Thakurta, on behalf of the then revenue secretary admitted the issue and said the grabbed land would be handed over to the college authorities.
Sixty seven years later, the land is yet to be freed and encroachers are yet to be removed. The royal land donated to ‘Vidyapattan’ was stolen at will during the regime of several subsequent governments led by Chief Ministers Sachindralal Singh, Sukhamay Sengupta, Sudhir Majumder and Manik Sarkar.
Many say the residential house of former MBB College principal Late Sushanta Choudhury is built on a plot which was identified as college guest house by the Maharaja himself. Former MBB College vice principal Bijoy Majumder’s name comes under the scanner as well. Bijoy Apartment, a plush structure built on a land formerly owned by the vice principal, also turns out to be a structure built on encroached land.
The apartment is now owned by elite who’s who of Agartala including former Tripura Assembly secretary Bamdeb Majumder, Dr. Basudeb Majumder, former college teacher Dr. Buddhadeb Majumder.
The list is long and seemingly As if it was not enough, the residential buildings of former Tripura (Central) University Vice Chancellor Professor Arunoday Saha and Tripura Board of Secondary Education (TBSE) president Dr. Bhabatosh Saha are also standing on land belonging to ‘Vidyapattan’.
never ending. Dr. Manik Deb, Professor Goutam Das, Tapan Banik, Dr. Bhushan Das, Dr. Priyatosh Roy Choudhury and many others are living on land encroached from ‘Vidyapattan’ project’s property.
The entire Shibnagar, Jagaharimura area is spread across royal land donated for building educational hub, which is now mostly encroached by civilians. Among others, a former Congress MLA’s residential building stands on encroached land and no one’s the wiser.
A host of other public institutions like Mahatma Gandhi Memorial School, Ishwariya Vidyalaya and social organizations like Shibnagar Modern Club, Amra Tarun Dal, Udichi Club, Vivekananda Club, Sabyasachi Club and many others have built their structures on encroached land.
One indication of Tripura growing with the skills of words and music, is the huge crowd and gathering in the first-ever Open Mic. event named ‘The TERRACE – Open Mic.’
Around 100 participants participated with their original creations in the event. With the aim of promoting the young talents of Tripura by providing them an open space to showcase their skills to the broader audience, TOTELL conceptualized the event in association with Enlive Production.
From addressing the social issues and making people laugh with at the comedy skills, participants performed in four categories – poetry, story telling, solo music and stand up comedy.
After ‘Scribblemania’,the first ever write – up exhibition in the state, ‘The TERRACE – Open Mic.’ was put in place by TOTELL which was held on December 29 and 30 at TOTELL tower in the capital city Agartala.
‘The TERRACE – Open Mic.’is the first ever and one of a kind event in the state. TOTELL is a platform which provides a bigger sphere to the budding talents of Tripura as well as the entire Northeastern region to explore their potentials.
“The two day event focused on enhancing public speaking capabilities and building confidence to put up one’s thoughts and views out in the open,” stated the co-founder of TOTELL, Joysankar Bhattacharjee.
Eminent journalists including MJ from BigFm, publishers, senior writers, poets, musicians, editors, advocates, photographers, bands and northeast-based models graced the event with their presence and garnered their appreciation. All the performances were recorded individually and the participants were felicitated with mementos.