Agartala, Dec 23 (UNI) Normal life in Tripura Tribal Areas Autonomous District Council (ADC) areas and mixed populated localities of the state affected due to general strike called by tribal-based Tripura Peoples’ Front (TPF) today seeking justice for Biswajit Debbarma, a fireman who was killed in mob attack during anti-Bru settlement agitation in Panisagar of North Tripura last month.
The movement of vehicles on highways in North and South Tripura from the capital city and train movement to and from Agartala has been disrupted following the strike. Most of the government offices and educational institutions in ADC areas remained closed.
The additional home secretary A K Bhattacharya said, Director General of Police, District Magistrates and Superintendent of Police in all the districts have taken adequate measures to prevent any eventuality and maintain peace and tranquillity. They were also advised strict adherence of Covid-19 restrictions.
Meanwhile, police said TPF supporters have blockaded Agartala-Sabroom highway at Bishramganj and Shachirambari, two locations at Agartala-Khowai road and two locations on Assam-Agartala national highway since morning those disrupted the vehicles movement and train service. However, there is no untoward incident reported yet from anywhere.
The TPF leaders threatened that the movement would be continued until all the accused involved in lynching of Biswajit are booked and brought for a fast-track trial. They alleged that police have already identified the killers of Biswajit but arrested only two so far even after a month passed away.
Meanwhile, anti-Bru settlement movement leaders warned to paralyze life in North Tripura unless the government takes action against the communal movement by TPF and other sectarian groups. They claimed following pressure from tribal groups and to make royal scion Pradyot Kishore Debbarman happy two of their innocent activists were arrested and sent to jail on a false charge of killing.
“Biswajit was lynched by a mob in another village while fleeing and police arrested an innocent wage earner Debu Malakar on the charge of lynching Biswajit and every night police are storming the houses of Bengali families in different villages targeting the youths who opposed Bru settlement in Kanchanpur. But none was arrested for killing Srikanta Das and the government is silent over the case and not even giving the equal benefit and treatment to his families, which is most unfortunate and a move for communal politics,” alleged anti-Bru settlement leader Anup Nath.