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Tribal parties demand judicial probe into violence


Agartala, January 10, 2019: Tribal based regional parties have demanded judicial probe into violent incidents at Madhav Bari in Jirania on Tuesday that left security forces to open fire on protestors enforcing 12 hour strike against Citizenship (Amendment) Bill. IPFT, INPT and students group TSF all came out with strong condemnation against what they called ‘unproved firing’.

Total 17 people were wounded, including six sustaining bullet shots, in the day long violence. Police are tightlipped to confirm firing and subsequent injuries due to firing.

“We have only lobbed tear gas shells and resorted to baton charge. We have not opened fire”, claimed a police official on Thursday.

But doctors in GB Hospital confirmed that they have received six patients with bullet wounds. One of them has been taken to Kolkata after his condition deteriorated.

Significantly IPFT, coalition partner of BJP, has condemned the police firing. “We demand action against erring security officers and personnel”, IPFT leader and forest minister Mebar Kumar Jamatia expressed ire at a news conference.

He added that truth will come out if a judicial probe under sitting High Court Judge is ordered. Jamatia reiterated party’s stiff opposition to Citizenship (Amendment) Bill that was passed in Lok Sabha.

Tripura government as a precautionary measure ordered snapping of internet services for 48 years. No fresh incident of violence reported from anywhere in the state.

Meanwhile Tripura Human Rights Organisation (THRO) condemned firing on unarmed protestors at Madhav Bari. It also condemned burning of shops by protestors in nearby markets.