Magisterial probe ordered into Kanchanpur police firing

Published: November 22,2020 11:05 AM

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November 22, 2020: Tripura government will order a magisterial inquiry into blockage of national highways in North Tripura on Saturday.

November 22, 2020: Tripura government ordered a magisterial inquiry into blockage of national highways in North Tripura on Saturday. During the road blockade, there was violence by unruly mob and police personnel had to open fire leading to death and injury to both civilians and security personnel.

During the violence in Kanchanpur area of North Tripura district, 19 civilians, 4 police personnel, three jawans of Tripura State Rifles, and eight fire service personnel were injured. One person died in the violence, informed Tripura Law Minister Ratan Lal Nath.

Demonstrators blocked the national highway in Dolubari village of North Tripura district in protest against the rehabilitation of Bru refugees from Mizoram in the state on Saturday.

Heavy security has been deployed at the spot, tear gas shells were also fired on protesters.

The agitators had started the indefinite strike in Kanchanpur subdivision over the issue and today they blocked NH 8.

"The Government is not responding to us. For the last five to six days this agitation is going on. We the Bengali population wants to keep them (Bru displaced people), initially, it was informed that 5000 people consisting of 500 families will be settled here and others distributed in other districts but now the order has come that the total population shall be settled in Kanchanpur subdivision," said an agitator.

Meanwhile, state police and Tripura State Rifles (TSR) troopers had resorted to firing tear gas shells to disperse the agitators after a TSR personnel was allegedly attacked.

"We want the Mizoram refugees to return back to Mizoram so that we can live peacefully in Kanchanpur. We came here to raise our voice, for the last five days strike was going on but the government does not care for our demand. So we came here to Panisagar. Our demand is that the Mizoram refugees must return back to Mizoram," said another agitator.