Normal life came to a halt across the state due to the strike. Shops, vehicle movement and private offices were closed down all over the state since morning.
Addressing the media at the Pradesh Congress Bhawan in Agartala this evening, Tripura Pradesh Congress Committee (TPCC) president Birajit Sinha said that over 1,500 picketers of his party were arrested from different parts of the state today.
However, when asked, an official from the State Police Headquarters said that 755 Congress picketers were arrested from across the state. No untoward incidents were reported from anywhere in the state.
Congress had called the strike in all eight districts of Tripura on 12 point demands that include immediately handing over probe on chit fund scams to the CBI, starting unemployed allowance, waiver of agriculture loans, alleviating the TTAADC into an autonomous state council for greater autonomy and power to the indigenous populace, accommodating 10,323 soon to be terminated teachers in other government posts.
However, with the announcement of creation of 13,000 new posts in Education and Social Education Departments, Congress has virtually lost the edge off its agenda.
Sinha today threatened the CPI (M) led state government and BJP led central government to soon start CBI enquiry into scam of different chit fund companies that started business in the state with government permission and patronage.
“We shall meet again on May 28 and decide our next course of action. The government must allow CBI enquiry into the chit fund scam, failing which we shall resort to massive Satyagraha across the state”, he said.
Certain AICC leaders might also join the meeting on May 28, Sinha said.
Congress has earlier submitted memorandum to the President of India, held mass demonstration at Jantar Mantar at Delhi and organized deputation to all 8 District Magistrates of Tripura demanding CBI probe into chit fund scam.
Meanwhile, ahead of the strike, the Northeast Frontier Railway (NFR) authority in a statement informed that the Agartala-Silchar passenger express, Agartala-Silchar express, Silchar-Dharmanagar and Dharmanagar-Silchar passenger train, Agartala-Dharmanagar and Dharmanagar-Agartala train and the trains rolling between Agartala and Udaipur were cancelled due to Tripura bandh.
The Tripurasundari Express scheduled to leave at 2 PM today was rescheduled to leave Agartala Railway Station at 6:15 AM on Friday.
There was no change of schedule in flights operating out of Agartala Airport to Delhi, Kolkata or Guwahati.