AGARTALA, Dec 12 - Normal life was affected in Tripura today due to the 24-hour bandh called by the Congress in protest against the alleged police assault on party leaders in front of the Congress Bhavan on Wednesday. The State has already been ravaged by protests against the Citizenship (Amendment) Bill.
Vehicular movement on the national highway came to a grinding halt, while Northeast Frontier Railway suspended train service from the State capital due to the strike. Though air service was normal, passengers had to face a lot of inconvenience as buses and other vehicles were not available.
Vehicles remained off the roads, while schools, colleges, banks and other business establishments remained closed. Although some government offices were open, attendance was very thin. “Attendance at the Civil Secretariat was normal despite the bandh,” claimed a senior State Government official. But most employees could not attend offices due to disruption in the transport system.
Although the bandh has remained peaceful so far, two Youth Congress leaders were injured when they were attacked by BJP supporters at Paradish Chowmuhani around 11.30 am.
“The BJP tried to disturb the peaceful bandh by attacking Congress supporters. Two Youth Congress leaders – Santanu Saha and Amit Saha – were injured and taken to the GB Hospital,” said senior Congress leader Tapas Dey.
An FIR was filed against some BJP supporters, but no arrest has been made as yet, he added. At Kumarghat in Unakoti district, there was a clash between BJP and Congress supporters in which four bandh picketers were injured. But the situation has remained under control. Most petrol pumps here ran out of fuel in the wake of the three-day indefinite strike earlier called by the Joint Movement Against Citizenship Amendment Bill (JMACAB) and today’s bandh.