Agartala: Huge excitement prevails in Kanchanpur in North Tripura district over the proposed gathering and rally of the Nagarik Suraksha Manch to observe January 23, the birthday of Netaji Subhash Chandra Bose, as Deshaprem Diwas. The gathering will be organized at Durgaram Reang Para School ground at Dasda and later a rally will be taken out.
Though the programme has been named as Deshprem Diwas, the main aim of the rally is to protest against the recent agreement signed by Central and State Governments to rehabilitate over 35,000 Reang refugees in Tripura. The non-tribals are worried over the agreement as they consider it as a threat to their existence.
Many organizations from different parts of the State and outside have extended support to the Suraksha Manch's agitation and some of the leaders will be present in the meeting. They include Chandan Chatterjee, president of All India Bengali Jyua Chatra Federation of Delhi, Chandan Dey of Rashtriya Sat Katha Samaj among others.
Situation turned volatile since December 10 last year, when a group of Reang refugees "attacked nearby Bengali habitations, looted properties, burnt houses rendering few thousands homeless." Some of them have returned home, but over five hundred are still residing in a temporary shelter in Ananda Bazar Police Station.