Northeast Bandh | Agitators clash with police in Tripura, several injured

Agartala, January 8: As many as six protesters in Tripura sustained severe injury in police firing on Tuesday while they were staging protest against the Citizenship (Amendment) Bill, 2016.

The injured were admitted to nearby hospitals for medical assistance.

The activists were staging protest as part of the North East Students’ Association’s call for shutdown against the Bill.

Police fired rubber bullets and used tear gas to chase away the protesters.

The protesters hurled patrol bombs at the shops and other business establishments. As many as 14 business establishments were burnt to ashes.

Section 144 of CrPC has been imposed to control the situation.

The Citizenship Bill was introduced in the Lok Sabha in 2016 to amend the Citizenship Act, 1955. The Bill amends the Citizenship Act, 1955 to make illegal migrants who are Hindus, Sikhs, Buddhists, Jains, Parsis and Christians from Afghanistan, Bangladesh and Pakistan, eligible for citizenship.

Meanwhile, the Tripura government had appealed the people to boycott the nationwide two-day strike called by central trade unions in protest against the alleged anti-worker policies and unilateral labour reforms of the Narendra Modi- led Union government.

Tripura CITU president Manik Dey claimed that the strike has received good response from across the nation.