Amid agitation and indefinite strike in protest against Citizenship Amendment Bill (CAB), Tripura government warned the protestors to stop all sorts of movement immediately, which affects commoners life severely and the administration would not sit idle to restore normalcy.
Spokesperson of the state government, Law Minister Ratan Lal Nath on December 10 said although education department has postponed the test examinations of Class X and XII scheduled for December 10 due to unavoidable circumstances, all other government offices and public institutions would function as usual.
He said test examinations of Class XII could not be conducted in 41 schools following the bandh on December 9 called by BJP’s ally in the government IPFT for 12 hours and indefinite period by Joint Movement Against Citizenship Amendment Bill (JMACAB), a conglomeration of all tribal-based regional parties, NGOs and student organizations of Tripura.
The minister further stated that the government took a serious view on Monday’s attack on 17 school teachers, including women by alleged anti-CAB demonstrators in Khowai when they were conducting the exam as per the direction of the authority.
Specific cases have been registered and police arrested one Soumendra Debbaram at night in this connection while massive haunt launched to arrest all others.
Nath however, alleged that some political parties and organizations have been trying to misguide the people on CAB and NRC, which is not only creating unnecessary unrest among various communities and states but also instigating the situation.
“Every political party may have some demands but the protest should be done in a democratic way that does not affect the state’s interest or commoners’ life. Destructive activity in the name of protest is not at all acceptable and the state government would not allow this thing to happen. Once Union home minister made an open commitment in the floor of parliament to protect the interest of all concerns in CAB, the agitating groups must respect it and to wait and see,” Nath stated.
While condemning the way the picketers disrupted the examination in various schools and movement of long-distance trains and buses, Nath stated that a large number of people have faced serious trouble.
Meanwhile, Northeast Frontier Railway (NFR) has cancelled multiple trains from and to Agartala following the indefinite strike of JMACAB.