Guwahati: The protests against the Citizenship (Amendment) Bill has left the entire north-east zone burning and Tripura, being a part of it, has also witnessed violence. As Tripura too is under the threat of illegal immigrants, the local and tribal people of the state have extended their support. Hence, to mark its protest against the CAB, tribal groups in Tripura have called a 12-hour bandh on Saturday.
Tripura already is burning in the flames of protest against the CAB as, before this, a number of young protesters who had demonstrated their opposition were severally injured in police firing. Six of the youth were severely injured which led masses to raise the demand for CM Biplab Kumar Deb’s resignation. In addition to seeing a resignation of the CM, the allies of the ruling party are also demanding for a judicial probe into the incident headed by a sitting High Court judge. Monetary compensation of Rs. 20 lakh or government jobs for the families of the injured youth too is demanded by the allies.
INPT General Secretary Jagadhish Debbarma said, "The BJP-led government's police opened fire on unarmed innocent people while they were protesting against the Bill on Tuesday, in a democratic manner. We have called for a bandh to protest the firing,"
To further settle the situation and bring the matter under control, the state government has deployed large contingents of the Tripura State Rifles, Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF), Assam Rifles and Tripura Police. Places that are mostly tribal dominated are particularly being monitored. What is more, to avoid further turbulence, the government has even kept the mobile data and Internet services in the state suspended so that no more rumour gets to spread on social media.
AASU adviser Samujjal Bhattacharjee stated, “The BJP-led Tripura government does not believe in democratic values. The party is trying to bulldoze sentiments and opinion of the people of the northeast. The BJP is using force on people of the northeast, who voted for them and the police firing is an example of that. We will fight this and not allow the bill to be implemented."