AGARTALA, July 12 � The ruling Left Front and Congress have called a dawn-to-dusk Tripura bandh on Wednesday over separate demands.
While Congress has called the bandh in protest against the attacks on non-violent protest rally on Monday evening, the ruling Left Front has called the general strike protesting the attack on security personnel and police station in front of Congress Bhavan.
Vehemently condemning the police brutality on Congress supporters on Tuesday, PCC media department chairman Ratan Chakraborty said that attack on Congress Bhavan and party workers was aimed to stop the people�s anger over the misrule of the Left Front Government.
Referring to the Monday�s police firing, which claimed a life and left nine others injured, Chakraborty said that Tripura State Rifles (TSR), considered the best combat forces had violated the rules because they did not have order to open fire. The government has ordered a magistrate level probe into the police firing.
�We have already apprised our leadership in Delhi about the happenings in Tripura. Besides, a party delegation will soon meet Governor Dr DY Patil to dismiss the Manik Sarkar-led government for failing to safeguard its citizens�, he said.
Considering the gravity of the series of incidents, the Congress has called a 12-hour bandh that would be observed on Wednesday in protest against police atrocities at the behest of political players.
The ruling CPM-led Left Front has also called a 12-hour Tripura strike in protest against Congress�s bid to destabilise the peace in the State. Addressing the media at CPM headquarters here on Tuesday, CPM State secretary Bijan Dhar alleged the Congress has been dreaming to unseat the Lefty Front Government through the back door. �They will not succeed in this political agenda because we are with the people�, he said.
The prohibitory order (Section 144) has been lifted from the capital town after clashes between security forces and Congress supporters on Wednesday evening with the situation limping back to normalcy. Meanwhile, security has been beefed up in and around the State to avert any untoward incident.