IPFT faction seeks action against road and rail blockade group of Tripura

IPFT faction seeks action against road and rail blockade group of Tripura


Agartala: Inner conflict in indigenous Peoples' Front of Twipra (IPFT) widen further when breakaway faction of the party led by former MLA Rajeswar Debbarma sought legal action against N C Debbarma faction for terrorising tribal and non-tribal amity in the name of national highway and railway blockade for 10 days. They met Director General of Police (DGP) A K Shukla last evening and submitted a memorandum seeking protection against alleged threats on life by members of N C Debbarma faction of the party seem to be for opposing the blockade as part of their separate state movement. Mr Rajeswar said members of IPFT's N C Debbarma faction was threatening their supporters and unnecessarily provoking for tension and stated that about two months ago N C group had assaulted two of their supporters in Lefunga area of Northern Agartala and the senior leader Prabir Kalai was injured. "We had to postpone an important program this week following threat from N C group. The matter is informed to DGP and submitted a memorandum seeking protection from such threats", he added. According to report, the young followers of N C Debbarma became angry after withdrawal of the blockade on July 20 last following administrative direction. To withdraw the blockade N C had been trying to convince his followers for two days and finally he made false statement that "the demand of separate state has been accepted and now the way for next course of discussion on the issue will begin" to the demonstrators to evade administrative action. However, later when they go to know that their demand of separate state was not even heard by central government and not even allowed to meet their leaders to talk on the issue, they became annoyed with their leaders and took aggressive stand against their leaders. No political parties including tribal organisations, state government and central government agreed to the proposition of separate state. Both state and central government had asked them to withdraw the blockade without any condition; however, central government agreed to listen to their demand only after withdrawal of the movement. Accordingly, the team led by general secretary of N C group Mebar Kumar Jamatia yesterday had a discussion with the officials of the Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA) and submitted a memorandum on their demand but the outcome of the discussion was not known. They have been camping in New Delhi for past a week to meet with central ministers. Meanwhile, BJP today in a statement alleged that the state government's move to forcefully remove IPFT's blockade fell face-on on Chief Minister's strategy, as he tried everything to put the ball in BJP's court but it was foiled.

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