AGARTALA, May 23 � Normal life in Tripura came to a standstill following a dawn-to-dusk bandh today called by NSUI and Youth Congress in protest against the attack on NSUI State unit chief on May 21.
Vehicles were off the roads while shutters of markets and shops remained closed due to the Statewide strike. The attendance in government offices including Civil Secretariat was thin during the bandh, according to official sources.
Hundreds of NSUI and Youth Congress activists were seen picketing offices in the capital town. Though there was no major incident reported to police, bandh supporters have reportedly torched some vehicles.
Police said, the official vehicle of the Director, National Institute of Technology (NIT) Agartala was attacked by bandh supporters near Civil Secretariat around 11.30 am but he was unhurt. Over two hundred picketers were detained during the bandh and later all of them were released, police said.
NSUI State unit president Vicky Prasad and three others were injured when CPM�s student organisation SFI supporters attacked them at MBB College on May 21. Vicky was taken to Kolkata as his condition is stated to be critical, NSUI sources said.
The incident has triggered a widespread resentment with Pradesh Congress planning to lodge strong protest in the days to come.
Meanwhile, PCC president Surajit Dutta held a meeting with senior party leaders to chalk out a plan for boosting the organisation for the next Assembly election slated for 2013.
The meeting assumed significance keeping in mind the sudden downfall of the well-organised Left bastion in West Bengal. �We took stock of the overall political situation in the State and will declare our agenda shortly�, said Ratan Chakraborty, chairman of PCC media department.