Agartala, July 13: After Gorkhaland saparate state agitations, now Tripura is witnessing similar protests for saparate Statehood called 'Twipraland' based on the tribal population in Tripura. On Wesdensday. the protests took an obscene turn when group of 14 IPFT workers stood nude in front of the Champak Nagar bridge, gateway to the Barmura hill ranges, this morning as part of a bizarre attention-drawing exercise.
The incident took place early in the morning when there were very few onlookers around but the few who came across the bizarre scene simply ran away from the obscene sight. The security forces flaunted ‘lathis’ as a mark of initiating drastic action and the trouble-makers fled the spot.
Earlier, IPFT protestors blockaded the national highway and the lone railway track in the state to push its demand for a separate state, has sought tri-partite talks with the central and state governments over its demand.
“We have sought the Governor’s intervention and a tri-partite meeting between us, the Centre and state governments to resolve the matter,” Indigenous People’s Front of Tripura (IPFT) President Narendra Chandra Debbarma said.
The IPFT has been blocking a national highway and a lone railway line in the state to press for its demand for the third day Wednesday.
The IPFT, which for years has been agitating for the creation of a separate state, carved out by upgrading the Tripura Tribal Areas Autonomous District Council (TTAADC) area, organised blockade on the NH-8, the life line of the state, and the lone railway line to the state at Khamting Bari since Monday morning.
The politically important Council constitutes two-thirds of Tripura’s 10,491 sq km area, which has 12,16,465 (mostly tribals) of the state’s 37 lakh population residing in it.
The Left Front government led by Manik Sarkar, which is strongly opposed to both the demand and the stir, has taken unprecedented security measures in and around the Baramura hill ranges, through which the NH-8 and the railway line passes.
The IPFT leadership is trhave got in touch with prime minister’s office. Sources said that the ongoing movement would fizzle out soon as the IPFT cadres are growing increasingly restive. ‘They are now carrying on the sit-in by batches with one group of workers replacing the other at regular intervals; they cannot sustain the movement for a very long time’.
IPFT has planned for a rally at the Capital City On August 23, but public are fully against the rally on that day as in the last year clash among Tribal-Bengalies hit the city.