North East Students’ Organization (NESO) will observe black day across the region in protest against the Tripura Police opening fire on peaceful protesters in the state on January 8 injuring over 18 people.
Meanwhile, NESO adviser Samujjal Bhattacharyya on Friday said that since Tripura Chief Minister Biplab Kumar Deb was of foreign origin, he couldn’t understand the pain of indigenous people.
The NESO leader expressed his anger after the Tripura government prevented a delegation of the NESO on Friday to visit Khunglung area of Tripura where four youths, who received bullet injuries during a clash with police on January 8 while protesting against the Citizenship (Amendment) Bill 2016, were admitted in a hospital.
“We only wanted to go to the hospitals to meet the four tribal youths who were admitted there. However, the police told us that they couldn’t allow us to go to there since Section 144 Cr. P.C. was in force. We even asked them to accompany us to the hospital but still they did not allow. We have not gone there to create problems but to show our empathy to the injured students,” said Bhattacharyya.
“Tripura is an example how the government wants to diminish the indigenous communities to minority in their own land for the sake of vote bank politics. We have seen it there in Tripura today and the government wants to the same thing in Assam by implementing the Citizenship (Amendment) Bill 2016,” said Bhattacharyya.
NESO Vice Chairman Dipank Kumar Nath, who was also part of the delegation termed the administration of the Chief Minister Biplab Kumar Deb as a ‘Talibani’ administration and said that the government cannot suppress the voice of the indigenous people of the state.
“We are observing tomorrow as a black day to express our solidarity with the victims of the police firing. We are going to hoist black flags in different places of the region. However, we will go to Tripura once again to meet the victims of police firing,” he said.