8 girls among 10 Brus rescued in Tripura

Agartala, Feb 4 Eight girls and two women from

the Bru community were rescued here after they fled a rehabilitation camp in North Tripura district in search of jobs, police said on Thursday.

Acting on a tip-off, police raided Chandrapur bus terminus in Agartala on Wednesday and rescued the girls and the women who escaped the rehabilitation camp in Kanchanpur with the help of a middleman, officer-in-charge of East Agartala police station, Mumtaz Begum, said.

They were handed over to ChildLine for accommodation in a shelter home, she said.

"If their guardians are identified, the rescued persons will be handed over to them," Begum said.

It is yet to be ascertained whether it is a case of human trafficking or not, a ChildLine official said.

Mizoram Bru Displaced People's Forum secretary Bruno Msha said, "It is unfortunate that they fled the camps.

Generally, anyone going out has to make an entry in a register. We are also trying to find out the truth."

There are eight camps in Tripura for Brus who fled neighbouring Mizoram in waves following ethnic clashes.

Input: PTI

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Section 144 extended for more 48 hours in Agartala

87 injured during teacher-police clash in Tripura

Following a clash between police, central paramilitary forces and 10,323 sacked school teachers in front of chief minister Biplab Kumar Deb’s official residence, the West Tripura District magistrate Shailesh Kumar Yadav yesterday extended Section 144 across Agartala for more 48 hours.

As per media reports, based on the intelligence report the terminated 10,323 teachers may intensify their protest in the coming days.

The teachers had been holding a mass sit-in in front of Agartala City Centre for the last 52 days demanding permanent jobs with direct recruitment.

“We have received information yesterday late night that the Joint movement committee of 10, 323 may resort to violence. From this morning we had announced Section 144 for 24 hours. We ordered them to leave the place. However, few left and we have detained 165 teachers,” district magistrate Shailesh Kumar Yadav said, addressing a press conference this evening.

The district magistrate had also informed that around 9.30am, more than 400 terminated teachers gathered in front of the residence of the chief minister, Biplab Kumar Deb.

“Barricades were also set up, we asked them to leave the place but they didn’t listen to us and broke the barricades and intensified their protest. Police tried to prevent them but they didn’t listen, so we used water cannons, fired tear gas. They became violent and started pelting stones at the police personnel. Many police personnel were injured. The agitating teachers also vandalized four police vehicles. Then we had to resort to mild lathi chargeto disperse them. We also detained more 58 teachers,” the official said.

The official said around 87 persons, including 70 protestors and 17 police personnel, received minor injuries during the clash.

“All of them discharged after preliminary treatment. We are extending Section 144 for further 48 hours. As per the report, they might create chaos in coming days as well,” the DM said.

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Kohima & Agartala Smart City Qualifies for Stage 2 of ISCA Contest 2020

Kohima Smart City project and Agartala Smart City project have qualified for the Stage 2 of the India Smart Cities Award (ISCA) contest 2020.

Informing this in a press note, CEO Kohima Smart City Development Limited, Kovi Meyase said with this feat, KSCDL was hopeful that Kohima Smart City project will continue to move towards achieving further Sustainable Development Goals and towards making Kohima a more liveable city.

Meyase said, a mandatory task set by the MoHUA for all the 100 Smart Cities, Kohima is amongst the only two North East cities along with Agartala to have qualified in the top 66 cities selected for the second stage of the contest.

The contest, launched by the MoHUA, will evaluate cities on their performances and achievement of project proposals and innovations. The Competition aims to reward cities, projects and ideas promoting the spirit of the Smart Cities Mission under the theme “Building Cities for People”.

It may be recalled that Kohima Smart City had also registered fir “Streets for People Challenge”, an initiative of the Smart Cities Mission, Ministry of Housing and Urban Affairs (MoHUA) to inspire cities to create walking friendly streets through quick measures, in response to COVID-19.

7-day complete lockdown in Tripura from July 17

Agartala: Tripura Government has clamped a 7-day complete lockdown beginning from July 17 in the areas bordering Bangladesh. The lockdown will cover 1 km of rural areas and 0.5 km of municipal areas from the Bangladesh border.

Tripura Chief Secretary also directed the district administration to demarcate the areas of lockdown. The order also states that some Covid-19 cases in the border areas were a matter or serious concern for the general public.

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