AGARTALA: The ruling BJP in Tripura has claimed that the State teachers' ''politically motivated stirs'' are backed by the Opposition CPI-M and the protest is similar to farmers' agitations in Delhi. Bharatiya Janata Party's chief spokesman Subrata Chakraborty and spokesman Nabendu Bhattacharjee in a joint press conference on Thursday claimed that the protesting farmers in Delhi carrying CPI-M's red flag while the agitating teachers in Tripura giving political slogans against the BJP-led government and the ruling party at the behest of the Left parties.
Chakraborty said that during Wednesday's incident, the agitating teachers tried to snatch the rifles of the security forces and attacked them. Accusing former Chief Minister Mani Sarkar for the teachers'plight, he said that the teachers have lost their jobs following High Court and Supreme Court verdicts as the previous Left Front government had done ''irrigularities'' in providing the jobs hence nothing to do with the present BJP government.
''We urge the State government to take stern actions against the trouble-making teachers in the name of the agitations,'' Bhattacharjee said addng the BJP government has been making alternative arrangements for them. West Tripura District Magistrate and Collector Shailesh Kumar Yadav after promulgating prohibitory orders 144 Cr Pc in the entire Agartala Municipal Corporation areas banning assembly of five or more people said that in all 87 teachers and 17 police personnel were injured in Wednesday's incidents (police lathicharge, use of water cannon and burst of tear gas shells).
''The agitating teachers also damaged four police cars. Considering the situation, the prohibitory orders were extended until Friday,'' Yadav told the media.
The injured teachers, including many women, were admitted in various hospitals including the Agartala Medical College and Hospital.
Opposition Communist Party of India-Marxist, Congress and other political parties condemning Wednesday's incident said that ''indiscriminate police action and lathicharge were barbaric''. Referring to Wednesday's police action, CPI-M State secretary Gautam Das said that Tripura never witnessed such police barbarism. (IANS)