AGARTALA, April 18 - Normal life came to a standstill in Tripura today following a Statewide bandh called by the opposition Congress demanding a CBI probe into the assassination of ex-Minister Bimal Sinha.
Most government and private schools, markets, shops and business establishments in the capital town remained closed during the bandh. Attendance in government and semi-government offices and banks was thin while roads were deserted during the bandh.
Vehicles, except those of security forces, were off the roads stalling the people�s movement on the first working day of the week.
A large number of police personnel were engaged to prevent any untoward incident but there were reports of few stray incidents of picketers breaking windshields of vehicles.
SP, West Tripura, Abhijit Saptarshi said there was no untoward incident during the bandh as strict preventive measures were in place.
PCC president Birajit Sinha congratulated the people for making the bandh a total. �The people�s response towards the bandh is an indication that they want the government to order a CBI into the assassination of ex-Minister Bimal Sinha as the guilty and conspirators are still at large�, he said.
Bimal Sinha, who was the State�s Health Minister, was killed by banned National Liberation Front of Tripura (NLFT) militants while negotiating with them for the release of his brother way back in 1998.
Since last month, the Congress has been piling heat on the Left Front Government demanding a CBI probe into the incident. The Yusuf Commission report, in its report had identified some loopholes in the entire incident and recommended for remedial measures.
However, the Commission did not hold the Left Front Government responsible for the incident while it had said, �Bimal Sinha was solely responsible for his tragic end�.