25 - 03 - 2019

NESO bandh : 6 hurt in police lathi charge, blank fire

Agartala, Jan 8, 2019:At least six  persons were injured, with two sustaining bullet injuries, during a clash between policemen and North East Students’ Organization (NESO) supporters at Madhavbari under Jirania police station on Tuesday.

The injured are – Samen Debbarma, Pohor Debbarma, Sankar Debbarma, Rabi Kumar Debbarma, Sumit Debbarma , Lalit Mohan Debbarma and Dinesh Kumar.Four protesters sustained bullet wounds and are being treated at Govind Ballabh Pant (GBP) Hospital in Agartala.

NESO called an 11-hour North East bandh from 5 am till 4pm in eight states of North East India on Tuesday in protest against the proposed Citizenship (Amendment) Bill, 2016 which is scheduled to be placed before the Parliament for voting soon.

Twipra Students’ Federation (TSF), which is a partner student body of NESO, set up a blockade in several parts of West Tripura district today as part of the strike. However, few hours after the stir started, a section of picketers got infuriated and set some shops ablaze. In order to control the mob, police fired tear gas shells and four rounds of bullets.

Later this afternoon, West Tripura Superintendent of Police Ajit Pratap Singh said the protesters turned violent burnt down shops, obstructing National Highway due to which police resorted to mild lathi charge and fired blank rounds in the air. He said few injured persons were shifted to a hospital but declined to give any numbers.

As per reports, two TSF supporters who sustained bullet injuries were referred to GBP Hospital in Agartala along with a few others who were wounded during the police lathi charge. Officer-in-charge of Jirania Police Station Soumen Das said 2-3 policemen were injured during the clashes as well.

However, TSF general secretary Sunil Debbarma claimed their agitation was peaceful until few Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS) and Bharatiya Mazdoor Sangh (BMS) supporters reached the spot and teased the picketers. “Some of the boys and young and might have got emotional, due to which this incident (arson) happened,” Sunil said.

He also alleged that police issued lathi charge and fired four rounds “aiming” at the picketers, indicating that they shot to kill.