Six tribal youth were injured in police firing during clashes while protesting against the citizenship bill in Tripura on Tuesday night. Members of the North East Students’ Organization clashed with the police at Khumulwng, the tribal body headquarters, about 25 kilometers from Agartala. Two among them are critical. Over 100 organizations participated in the protests against the Citizenship (Amendment) Bill, 2016, yesterday.
The police and paramilitary forces had to lathicharge and fire in the air to disperse the protesters. Those injured include Tripura State Rifles personnel and six Twipra Students Federation (TSF) members, who were part of a group that blocked the Assam-Agartala National Highway at Madhabbari.
Internet services have been suspended for two days to check the spreading of rumours, said the police. ‘Riots and arson were reported in Jirania and photographs of the incidents were being uploaded on social media,’ said a police officer.
Former Tripura Chief Minister and Opposition Leader Manik Sarkar visited GB Pant Hospital in Agartala and met the six injured persons including five tribal youths and one security personnel who were injured. Sarkar, also a politburo member of the CPI (M), has demanded an investigation into the role of the police and what prompted forces to resort to firing.
The bandh also hit normal life in Arunachal Pradesh, Mizoram and Nagaland. The powerful Young Mizo Association (YMA), Mizoram’s largest civil society organisation, has written to Prime Minister Narendra Modi and home minister Rajnath Singh about its strong opposition to the bill.