A video has emerged from Tripura capturing a police officer using derogatory language to label supporters of the Twipra Students’ Federation (TSF) as “Ugrowadi” (terrorists). The incident occurred during a demonstration staged by TSF picketers outside the Chief Minister’s residence. The police officer’s comments, rife with stereotypes, were accompanied by forceful actions as the picketers were pushed into a bus for detention.
The footage, now circulating widely on the internet, has triggered public outrage, with netizens demanding immediate action against the police officer responsible for the inflammatory remarks. The incident has drawn attention not only for the unwarranted verbal abuse but also for the forceful handling of Indigenous students advocating for their rights.
The TSF, along with the Tipra Indigenous Students’ Federation (TISF), has been spearheading an indefinite strike to press for the use of the Roman script for answering Kokborok papers in both the Tripura Board of Secondary Education (TBSE) and the Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE). The demand reflects the broader call for cultural inclusivity and the preservation of indigenous languages.
As the student protests intensify, various parts of Tripura are witnessing disruptions, with National Highways and railways blocked in several locations. The TSF and TISF are steadfast in their pursuit of linguistic rights and cultural recognition, viewing the adoption of the Roman script as a crucial step in safeguarding their cultural heritage.
In response to the controversial video, the public is urging authorities to suspend the police officer involved and conduct a thorough investigation into the incident. The incident has brought to light not only the challenges faced by Indigenous students in asserting their cultural identity but also the need for sensitivity and respect in handling peaceful protests. As the state grapples with these developments, the incident serves as a stark reminder of the ongoing struggle for cultural rights and recognition faced by Indigenous communities in various parts of the country.