Indigenous People’s Front of Tripura (IPFT) supporters walking in a procession through Agartala town today created mayhem and lawlessness in larger part of the town.
As a result more than forty people sustained injuries and a large number of cars and motor bikes were burnt down and there was arsoning in several places.
Taking advantage of the inaction of police the IPFT, known for unruly behavior of it cadres had entered Agartala town with lethal primitive weapons like ‘Takkals’ , clubs and spears and started
stalking the town in a procession.
They attacked a married lady and her child in the Surya Chowmuhuni around 2.15 PM for trying to cross over to the other side of the road through a gap.
MOTHER CHILD ATTACKED
Both the woman and her child sustained serious injuries and were hospitalised. Since police was totally inactive the trouble escalated fast as the unruly IPFT thugs went on the rampage, attacking businessmen, pedestrians and roadside shop-keepers at will.
They also burnt down two jeeps and a scooter in the Colonel Chowmuhuni area. Even as police and TSR jawans failed to make much headway the tribals and non-tribals engaged in clashes and many innocent people including tribals had to flee for lives and take shelter in most the unlikely places.
In reaction of group of hyperactive youths severely beat four tribal youths in front of Rabindra Satabarshiki Bhavan and burnt one jeep. Later, police rushed to the spot and dispersed the irate mob and send all the injured persons to GB Hospital.
VICTIMS RUSHED TO VARIOUS HOSPITALS
Finally, to tackle the situation the DGP K Nagraj, SP (West) Abhijeet Saptarshi and other senior officials took to the streets. The police have started rescue work to save lives even though more than 25 people have already been admitted to various hospitals with varying levels of injuries.
The West Tripura district administration has imposed prohibitory orders under Section-144 all over Agartala town to prevent illegal gathering of people.
The IPFT has been agitating for the creation of a separate state Twipraland to be carved by upgrading the Tripura Tribal Areas Autonomous District Council area.