From a correspondent
Agartala, July 12: The demonstrators for the separate state have chosen off- the- beaten path as a group of IPFT youths stripped ked at the agitation site at Baramura, in Tripura, on Wednesday, sending a message that they are up for further intensifying the movement.
Around 8 am on Wednesday a group of about 15 youths emerged from the gathering in a bizarre way, staging a ked protest and shouting slogans in support of their demand.
Senior officials who were present immediately contacted the leaders of the IPFT, who said they did not approve such demonstrations.
The incident passed a wave of shock across the state as people cutting across political line condemned it as an ‘uncivilized and undemocratic’ way of venting grievances.
The incident took place even as the IPFT leaders sought intervention of the Governor Tathagata Roy. The IPFT general secretary Meber Kumar Jamatia led a delegation to the Raj Bhawan on Tuesday and submitted a memorandum.
The memorandum stated that they were ready to withdraw the rail and road blocked if a specific assurance was given about holding a tripartite meeting involving the IPFT and the representatives of the centre and state governments.
A high level meeting headed by Chief Secretary Sanjib Ranjan reviewed the situation and decided to intensifying security arrangement around the Baramura hills to prevent any untoward incident.
Information minister Bhanu Lal Saha told the reporters that the Left Front government is against applying force on any democratic movement. However, in reply to questions he said the government would take appropriate decision if the situation demanded.
Meanwhile, the rail and road blocked movement started affecting normal life in the state as the vehicular traffic and rail between north and western Tripura came to a halt.
Taking advantage of the situation the private airlines is making a brisk business claiming high price for tickets between Guwahati and Agartala. On Tuesday they sold one ticket at a price of Rs 13,095 which is normally sold at a price of around Rs 3000 only.