A dawn-to-dusk bandh called by various opposition tribal political parties disrupted life in Tripura Tribal Areas Autonomous District Council (TTAADC) on Saturday.
The bandh was called in protest against police firing on demonstrators of Tripura Students’ Federation (TSF) who were protesting against Citizenship Amendment Bill on January 8 at Khunglung in Khowai district of Tripura.
There was no vehicular movement in the NH 8 and all the shops along it and the interior places were found closed. Black flags were put up in many places in the area during the bandh hours.
Six youths were injured in the police firing on Januray 8 last.
The state government deployed large contingents of the Tripura State Rifles, Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF), and Assam Rifles along with the state police across the tribal-dominated areas to prevent any untoward incident.
Mobile data has remained suspended for the last four days in the state to check spreading of rumors on social media as prohibitory order under Section 144 of CrPc has been further extended in a few sensitive pockets.
Seven persons including six tribal youths and one security personnel who were injured in skirmish and police firing on January 8 were hospitalised in capital city of Agartala.
State Chief Minister Biplab Kumar Deb has ordered a magisterial probe into the incident of police firing and clashes alleging that a conspiracy had been hatched to disrupt peace in the state and defame the BJP-IPFT government.
Meantime, an alliance partner of the ruling BJP along with other opposition parties have been demanding a time-bound judicial probe beside huge compensation for those injured.
During the incident at least 21 shops owned by both tribal and non-tribal people, most of them are poor or from lower middle class , were gutted in the fire during the clashes on January 8.