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TR-LEFT AGITATION


PTI Last Updated at 09 Aug 2018, 19:08 IST India

Over 5,000 opposition Left

supporters today courted arrest from various parts of Tripura

in a civil disobedience agitation against the alleged

anti-farmer policy of the central government, police said.

Police said there was no report of violence during the

agitation, though Left leaders alleged that they were attacked

by ruling BJP supporters at different places.

In the first major political protest since the poll

debacle of the Left Front in Tripura in February, seven Left

trade unions organized the stir as part of a nationwide

protest by different peasant bodies.

Assistant Inspector General (Law and order) Smriti

Ranjan Das said 5,222 supports were arrested from across the

state and no violence was reported.

However, All India Krishak Sabha state secretary and

Narayan Kar alleged large-scale violence by ruling "BJP

supported goons" on the agitators.

"BJP-supported goons attacked farmers at Gandacherra

in Dhalai district, Panisagar in North Tripura and Amarpur in

Gomati district on their way to protest rallies," he said.

Police used tear gas shells and water canon to

disperse the agitators at Paradise Chowmuhani here where

former chief minister Manik Sarkar joined the protest, the

AIKS leader alleged.

Former state assembly deputy speaker Pabitra Kar

said Agartala city was barricaded in a war-like situation to

prevent the rally.

He also alleged that BJP workers tried to prevent left

supporters from joining the movement.

BJP spokesperson Mrinal Kanti Deb, however, denied the

charges and said left parties were trying to sensationalize

the situation.

"Democratic atmosphere prevails in the state. The

opposition party was able to organize the civil disobedience

after new government's formation is proof enough that there is

no political victimization."

Kishan Mazdoor Joint Forum organized the movement in

450 districts of the country today.

The agitators submitted deputations to District

Magistrates in all eight districts of the state.

(This story has not been edited by Devdiscourse staff and is auto-generated from a syndicated feed.)

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