Violence Amid Mahakaran Abhiyan, Six Injured


Tripura’s left-wing student and Youth Organisations organised a secretariat march on Thursday which later turned into a violent march, injuring six people including two policemen.

CPM-linked SFI and DYFI, Tribal students union and the Tribal Youth Federation, organised the Mahakaran Abhiyan from Rabindra Shatabarshiki Bhawan but was blocked near the Agartala Circuit House.

 The protestors tried to break the barricades and move ahead. In the trial of stopping the protestors from moving forward, the police deployed water cannons, resorted to lathi-charge and burst tear gas shells to disperse the protestors, injuring six people including two policemen.

One of the injured demonstrators was said to be in serious condition and was taken to the GBP Hospital.

“There are crimes and violence going on across the state. Police could not do anything. Instead they burst tear gas shells and used water cannons on peaceful protesters today. We condemn this act,” said Students’ Federation of India state secretary Subhadeep Deb, adding that the protesters wanted “education, work and a terror-free state” and had people’s support.

Democratic Youth Federation of India state chief Nabarun Deb said the agitators had nine demands, which also included better healthcare, empowerment of the tribal council, NREGA work and jobs for the 10,323 teachers retrenched following a Supreme Court order.