Tripura blockade enters eighth day; agitating leaders hope to meet Rajnath Singh in Delhi

The indefinite blockade in Tripura, called by the Indigenous People’s Front of Tripura demanding creation of a separate ‘Twipraland’, completed the eighth day today. A delegation waits for an audience with Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh in the national capital since Friday.

Written by Samudra Gupta Kashyap | Guwahati | Published:July 17, 2017 9:21 pm
Tripura blockade, IPFT, Tipraland, Tripura protests IPFT shouts slogans as they block the national highway in demand of a separate Twipraland state at Khamtingbari, Baramura Hill range, some 36 km north of Agartala. (PTI Photo)

The indefinite highway and railway blockade in Tripura, called by the Indigenous People’s Front of Tripura (IPFT) demanding creation of a separate ‘Twipraland’, completed the eighth day on Monday, with a delegation of agitation leaders waiting for an audience with Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh in the national capital since Friday. In Agartala, official sources said Chief Minister Manik Sarkar had a telephonic discussion with Kiren Rijiju, Union Minister of State for Home, on Monday, during which the latter told him that Singh had assigned him to talk to the IPFT leaders as soon as possible.

A government press release in Agartala said Sarkar asked Rijiju to meet the IPFT delegation on Monday itself so that the blockade could be lifted. Rijiju reportedly told Sarkar that he would be able to meet them only on Tuesday because of the Presidential election.

Meanwhile, shortage of essential commodities and petroleum products have severely affected normal life in the state that has only one railway line and one national highway link to the rest of the country. Bounded by Bangladesh on three sides, the lone highway and lone railway line comprise its vital twin lifeline. Also read: Talks fail, Tripura indefinite blockade hits supply of essential items. Click here.

Sarkar had on Sunday had appealed to Rajnath Singh to intervene and get the week-long blockade lifted. One round of discussion between top IPFT leaders and the state chief secretary and DGP, held on Sunday in Agartala failed to yield any positive result, with the agitation leaders insisting on an assurance from the Centre on fulfillment of their demand for a separate tribal state.

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    Sarkar
    Jul 18, 2017 at 1:51 am
    Many old ancient place of tripura has been rename by ruling GOVT because they want to hide the reality history of tripura. The tripura last king maharaja birbikram debbarma made a mistake by allowing Bangladesh people to settle and take as refugees during 1971 Bangladesh liberation war and bengal par ion. Tripura tribal were straight forwarded people and have kind hatred mind thought that's why today they were minority in their own homeland.latest population is only 30 the rest 70 is captured by bengali settler who came after 1971 and socio,ECONOMIC and POLITICS power lay on hand of bengali
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      Raymond Bongcher
      Jul 18, 2017 at 1:59 am
      Being broad minded is the problem of ours. We should not have allowed the immigrants those days, and we would not have suffered this way today. Thank you for your support brother!
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      Das
      Jul 18, 2017 at 1:35 am
      Save indiginous people Common problem of indiginous:Negalance by present GOVT because of communal issue run by ruling GOVT, racist by bengali people,discrimination by bengali,harassed by ruling GOVT and divide and rule policy by ruling minister. Higher population by illegal migrant from banglades. In reality tripura is no more indigenous state,past history tripura is ruled by indigenou people.
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        Raymond Bongcher
        Jul 18, 2017 at 2:00 am
        Your comment is very meaningful sir, Thank you so much for understanding us our pain.
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