Normal life was affected in the tribal areas of Tripura on Saturday due to the 12-hour bandh called by Tripura’s main opposition party Tipra Motha.
Tipra Motha has called for a bandh to demand an early constitutional solution to the problems of the tribals.
The party is in power in the Tripura Tribal Areas Autonomous District Council (TTAADC).
All offices, educational institutions and shops remained closed in TTAADC areas, while vehicles remained off main roads including the Assam-Agartala National Highway as supporters of the bandh blocked roads at several key points of the state.
Train services were also affected due to the bandh, while long distance buses were also not seen on the roads.
However, flight operations from Agartala remained normal.
Shops, markets and offices remained open in Agartala and other non-tribal areas of the state.
Assistant Inspector General (AIG-Law and Order) Jyotishaman Das Chaudhary said, The bandh remained peaceful in the Autonomous District Council areas and the bandh supporters have blocked roads at 70-80 places. There is no news of any kind of violence from anywhere so far.”
“The 12-hour strike in the autonomous district council areas was successful and peaceful,” senior Tipra Motha leader Jagadish Debbarma said reporters at Chandrasadu Pada in West Tripura district.
Road traffic was also affected in non-cTTAADC Council areas. “No train was allowed to pass through Autonomous District Council areas.”
TTAADC president Debbarma said Tipra Motha had called for the bandh to put pressure on the Center for an early constitutional solution to the problems of the tribal people.
“We want the central government to form Greater Tipraland by including the tribals living in non-TTAADC areas along with TTAADC areas,” he said.