A 24 hours general strike in Tripura called by the Congress on Thursday to press for their 12-point charter of demands, including the return of the deposit of common people in several Non Banking Financial Companies (NBFCs), affected normal life.
The Northeast Frontier Railway (NFR) has suspended all the trains to and from Agartala on Thursday while police made special arrangements to ferry the air passengers to airport. Besides business establishments and educational institutions, most of the government offices remained closed. Vehicles stayed off the roads and most of the major markets were also closed.
Although top officials of the administration attended offices without commuting through their vehicles, the functioning in the government offices was disrupted as most of the employees could not turn up. The hospitals recorded thin attendance of patients and secretariat also functioned with skeleton staff though all the top administrators, including the ministers, attended the offices. Though there was not much picketing in Agartala, the people spontaneously participated in the strike.
The bandh passed off peacefully. However, some picketing were reported from North Tripura. In the absence of Congress picketers, the CPI-M supporters opened up all the government offices. Tripura Congress president Birajit Sinha said the strike call demanding CBI probe on NBFC scams, providing unemployed allowance, waive of agriculture loans and restore law and order among others, has started at 0600 hours and will conclude tomorrow morning.
Source: NortheastToday (UNI)