TMC-BJP clash in Tripura: 2 more arrested

14 other TMC leaders and workers were arrested earlier in connection with the clash that took place at Ambassa in Tripura on August 7

Agartala: Two more Trinamool Congress (TMC) activists of Tripura were arrested for their alleged involvement in last week’s clash between the party and the BJP in Dhalai district, the police said on Thursday.

Fourteen other TMC leaders and workers were arrested earlier in connection with the clash that took place at Ambassa in Tripura on August 7. They later secured bail.

Police from Ambassa arrested Surajit Sutradhar, who was driving West Bengal TMC leader Debangshu Bhattacharya’s car on that day, and Amal Bhowmick from their houses in Amtali area here on Wednesday night.

A local court remanded them to four days’ judicial custody on Thursday.

Senior TMC leaders from West Bengal are of late visiting Tripura where the assembly election is due in 2023.

The arrests were illegal and politically motivated, claimed TMC Rajya Sabha MP Santanu Sen, who arrived here on Thursday and met the families of the two arrested persons.

Police came from Ambassa and forcibly entered the house of Amal Bhowmik in absence of local police personnel and women staff. The Ambassa police arrested them without showing any reason, Sen told reporters.

Freedom fighters were arrested during the British rule in this way, he claimed.

“There is no law and order in Tripura and police-raj is going on,” he said.

When contacted, Officer-in-Charge of Amtali police station Siddhartha Sankar Dey said that one officer from it was with the team of the Ambassa police during the arrests.

The TMC had on August 7 alleged that two of its youth leaders from West Bengal were injured when their vehicle was allegedly attacked by BJP activists in Ambassa.

Denying the allegation, the BJP claimed that the TMC is a non-factor in Tripura, and West Bengal’s ruling party is spreading the “virus of political violence” in the northeastern state, where “outsiders” are fomenting trouble.

Police said that two persons were attacked by a group of unidentified miscreants at Ambassa and their vehicle was damaged.

At least 14 leaders and workers of the TMC, including those injured in the attack, were arrested the next day in Khowai district for “violating Covid norms”.

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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Report Shows More Females Per 1,000 Males in Tripura

The number of females per 1,000 males is higher in rural areas compared to urban areas of Tripura 1,033 and 956, respectively as per the National Family Health Survey (NFHS-5) report published by the Indian Institute of Health Management Research.

The figure in 2015-16 was 1,000:998, but it has subsequently skewed towards females, the states Education Minister Ratan Nath said.

Nath also said the report showed that the socio- economic condition of the people of the state improved over the years between 2015-16 and 2019-20.

He said, citing the NFHS-5 data, the population living in households with electricity improved to 98.2 in 2019-20 in comparison to the earlier years.

"In 2015-16, improved sanitation facility was available to 63.7 per cent households, which climbed up to 73.6 per cent in 2019-20," the minister added.

According to the NITI Aayog, there were 900 females per 1,000 males in India in 2013-15.

Tripura Student Open LED Bulb Factory, Provides Job Amid Pandemic

A second-year student pursuing Honours in English, Rohit Bhattacharjee has opened an LED bulb manufacturing factory that employs eight people in Tripura.

a 22-year-old college-goer in Tripura said the idea of opening a factory hit him after he ran into a problem with a dysfunctional LED bulb at his home in March.

He bought punching machine, cap fitting machine along with some raw materials for LED bulb to start his business. He used a 12x24 room at Dharmanagar for his LED bulb manufacturing unit. The room is his parents’ ancestral asset.

Gradually, he started becoming confident of his business with getting orders from the local retailers. Above all, he started employing people during the crucial time of Covid-19 lockdown. Currently, eight persons including seven skilled labour, electricians and one manager are engaged with his project. Of them, two are women.

Among the employees, three joined his project after losing their jobs in Bangalore.

“We manufacture 600-700 LED bulbs per day and each LED bulb costs Rs.65. Each worker prepares at least 100 bulbs a day and they get Rs. 4 for each bulb. After Dharmanagar, retailers from Panisagar in North district, Kailasahar and Kumarghat in Unakoti district and Agartala started placing orders from my unit,” he said and expressed his hope that his unit could generate more employment opportunities in future.

His employees earn Rs. 12,000-15,000 per month from the project.

Ganja Worth 1 Cr Seized in Tripura, 2 Arrested

In one of the biggest drug overhaul in Tripura, Police have arrested two persons and seized ganja worth around Rs 1 crore in Teliamura area of Khowai district of Tripura.

The seizure and arrest were made on Monday.

Teliamura DSP (Traffic) Sona Charan Jamatia said, “The contraband was being transported to Assam from Agartala”.

Will Ask People Whether I should Continue as CM of Tripura or Not: Biplab Deb

As rift among the BJP leaders in Tripura widens seeking leadership change, Chief Minister Biplab Kumar Deb would take the advice and guidance of the people on December 13 on the way ahead.

Coming out all guns blazing against the section of BJP leaders, the chief minister said, "Choose or reject me as Tripura Chief Minister on December 13."

Deb while talking to media persons on Tuesday said he was disheartened after some people did sloganeering “Biplab Hatao, Tripura Bachao (remove Biplab Deb, save Tripura). BJP's central observer Vinod Kumar Sonkar visited the state on Sunday last.

Deb said, “At a public meeting in Vivekananda Maidan on December 13, I would take the advice and guidance of the people whether I should continue as Chief Minister of Tripura or I should leave the post. Let me say this I never thought of becoming Chief Minister of Tripura. I urge the 37 lakh people of Tripura to come to the public gatherings on Sunday (December 13) to advise me whether I should remain in the post of CM or not.”

He stated, “It does not matter to me what four people say, I want to hear and take the people’s verdict and same will placed before the High Command.”

Earlier in October, a delegation of BJP MLAs led by former health minister Sudip Roy Barman, visited New Delhi to talk with party president JP Nadda, reportedly to seek Deb’s removal.

"Noise of Silence", 1st Film on NRC to Release Online, Hrishie Raj of Tripura in Lead

Noise of Silence, the first Bollywood feature film on the NRC is all set to release through online platform.

The film’s plot bounds two seemingly separate narratives touching one another through various incidents.

One narrative follows the journey of a girl belonging to the Rohingya community of Myanmar, who comes to India in search of her lost mother.

The other shows the disharmony in the life a man struggling to get his wife’s name in the National Register of Citizens (NRC).

The story of love and loss is the first of its kind in the country. People are yet to experience the agony and betrayal in a journey of a young woman’s life who is out to search for her mother.

Firdaus Hassan from Mumbai and Hrishie Raj of Tripura played the lead roles. One more Tripura artiste, Sayantika Nath, makes a debut in the film.

Director of the film Saif Baidya said, “I am lucky to get my first Hindi feature film shot in Tripura. The culture, food and weather were so perfect to shoot the film".

Joysankar Bhattacharjee, associate producer, added, “This film will be a gateway to the Bollywood industry for actors and technicians from Tripura. It will be an inspiration for the entire north-eastern region. We look forward to having more such projects in the Northeast in future. We hope Noise of Silence will create some noise in the region as well as all over the country".

CRPF Jawan from Assam shoots himself to Death in Tripura

A Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF) assistant sub-inspector reportedly died by shooting himself with his service rifle in Tripura.

The deceased jawan was identified as Jadav Deka who hailed from Kamalpur in Assam. Deka was posted as an Assistant Sub-inspector of the CRPF no 71 in Tripura.

The incident occurred at Radhanagar camp in Khumulwng, headquarters of the Tripura Tribal Areas Autonomous District Council (TTAADC).

According to reports, jawans in the camp heard a gunshot and rushed to his room to find Deka lying in his pool of blood.

The critically wounded jawan was rushed to GB hospital, where he was declared brought dead.

After the post-mortem, the CRPF handed Deka’s body to his family members at the Dwigunpar residence and later his body was cremated with full rites.

BJP Workers Vandalize Left Party Offices, Set Ablaze in Tripura

BJP workers allegedly attacked six Left party offices in Tripura during the nationwide strike called by trade unions in support of their various demands.

According to CPIM leader and former minister Manik Dey, the BJP cadres had set party’s divisional offices in Sabroom ablaze and left many injured during their forced endeavour to bring people to the markets and place of work, who have in principle supported the Bandh.

Miscreants ransacked party headquarters of CPI, vandalized the main entrance of the CITU office and attacked SUCI office – all these vandalism took place in Agartala. However, no one was injured.

One media person reported to be prevented from taking photographs of vandalism. In another instance, a media person faced assaults at Boxanagar under Sepahijala district while he was collecting news on Bandh.

Meanwhile, in Sabroom, the southernmost sub-division of Tripura, altogether four offices of CPI-M party and a trade union were set on fire by miscreants believed to be affiliated with the ruling BJP.