A civilian was shot dead and at least nine others, including five Tripura policemen and a fire service employee, were injured in a scuffle between activists of Joint Movement Committee (JMC) and security forces on national highway at Chamtilla area of Panisagar in North Tripura on November 21.
The victim was identified as Sukanta Das (45), a carpenter of Dasda in Kanchanpur has joined the road blockade programme in Panisagar, against the state government plan to rehabilitate over 6000 displaced Brus of Mizoram, as part of JMC movement for past six days.
The protestors alleged that when a few thousand civilians, including students and youth, proceeded to Panisagar, security personnel prevented them, as sub divisional magistrate of Panisagar clamped 144 of CrPC on November 20 night. Police charged batons on them and released tear gas to disperse the gathering.
A bullet shot from a TSR gun hit the chest of Sukanta and died on the spot.
Two other agitators have also received bullet injuries and shifted to Dharmanagar district hospital in Tripura.
The agitated mob attacked the police with sticks and pelted stones on them, which caused serious injuries of the jawans. However, police alleged that they had to open fire when some miscreants from the gathering attacked policemen.
A policeman of Panisagar police station said top police and TSR officials rushed to the spot and enquiry has begun to reveal the truth and added: “Not only police, officials of the civil administration have also received injuries and several motor bikes and vehicles were destroyed and set on fire. A fire service employee was thrashed by some of the miscreants on the road and police had to resort to firing to manage the situation.”
The agitators have continued the blockade of the national highway in Tripura since morning till the filing of this report and announced not to withdraw unless “justice” is given.
General strike crippled normal life in North Tripura
The indefinite general strike against resettlement of displaced Bru people from Mizoram in Kanchanpur and Panisagar of North Tripura has crippled normal life and hit the food stock for last six days.
District magistrate (North) Nagesh Kumar B urged JMC leaders and urged to withdraw the ongoing agitation to normalise the situation considering the sufferings of the people.
However, JMC did not respond to the call yet, after which security deployment has further been enhanced in entire area.
The opposition CPI-M and Congress in Tripura have urged the state government to initiate dialogue with JMC and resolve the deadlock while ruling BJP smells conspiracy of opposition CPI-M in the incident.