1 Eliminated, 20 Injured in Police Firing on Picketers Who Blocked Assam-Agartala National Highway in Tripura
Someone was killed and a minimum of 20 others were hurt when authorities opened fire at the picketers, who blocked the Assam-Agartala National Highway at Panisagar in North Tripura district Saturday in protest against resettlement of Bru migrants from neighbouring Mizoram, cops stated. A a great deal of people had collected on the NH 08 at Panisagar and blocked it, requiring to call off the resettlement preparation of the federal government.
The Joint Movement Committee (JMC) making up Bengalis and local Mizos had observed 5 days strike from Monday on the issue and blocked NH8 Saturday. The Bru concern had begun in September 1997 following demands of a separate self-governing district council by sculpting out areas of western Mizoram adjacent Bangladesh and Tripura.
About 30,000 Bru tribals had then left Mizoram due to the ethnic tension there and nestled in refugee camps in Tripura. The first effort to repatriate the Brus was made in November 2009 by the Centre along with the governments of Tripura and Mizoram.
However, the effort had actually satisfied with little success. The centre signed a fresh arrangement in January this year according to which the Brus who stayed back in Tripura relief camps will not be forced to return.
The centre approved Rs 600 crore as rehab package for the displaced Brus as a last option to the vexed issue after the agreement. JMC chairman Zairemthiama Pachuau had actually told newsmen recently that the North Tripura district magistrate had guaranteed that 1,500 households would be settled in the area.
” And now the federal government is trying to settle 6,000 families,” he stated. Trouble started, when large contingent of authorities and paramilitary, consisting of Tripura State Rifles (TSR), were associated with a scuffle following run-in over withdrawal of the road blockade.
Cops turned to lathi charge and later opened fire on the agitators, leading to death of a 40 year-old Srikanta Das, a carpenter who was among the protests. Additional Director General of Cops Rajiv Singh stated the police was forced to fire in self-defense since the crowd had actually turned unruly and attempted to take weapons from the security workers.
” The crowd blocked the National Highway considering that morning without consent. We attempted to deter them from doing so and after they ended up being violent, we tried moderate lathi charge, blank firing but the crowd went rowdy and tried to take weapons. Police fired in self-defense”, the authorities stated. Singh admitted that one person was eliminated in the police firing and couple of others were wounded, however added at least 9 Tripura Police and Fire Service workers were hurt in attacks by the protesters.
Sources stated the hurt were confessed at Panisagar and adjacent hospitals and two were hurried to GBP Hospital in Agartala for treatment. Nevertheless, Joint Motion Committee claimed cops fired on the protesters who were upseting in harmony.
” Protesters were agitating quietly. The police opened fire on them without any provocation. One died on the spot and lots of others were severely injured,” Sushanta Baruah, convener of JMC, informed reporters this evening. He also claimed Social Welfare Minister Santana Chakma, local MLA Bhagaban Das fulfilled the protesters and offered written assurance that their needs would be fulfilled soon.
Mizo Convention chief and JMC leader Dr. Z Pachuau said picketers were bombarded by cops without provocation, which resulted in retaliation from the agitators, leading to injury to several picketers.
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