Largely peaceful 'Bharat Bandh' shuts down businesses in Tripura
Most markets, shops, and business establishments were closed and private and passenger vehicles remained off the roads. Government offices and some banks were open but employee attendance was low.
Flights operated to-and-from Agartala while the Northeast Frontier Railways operated their trains with very few passengers.
Inspector General of Police (Law and Order) K.V. Sreejesh told IANS that there were no untoward incidents reported from any part of the state.
Manipur Lok Sabha member Thokchom Meinya along with two party leaders from Assam, Wajed Ali Choudhury, and Abdur Rauf, were also arrested here.
Communist Party of India-Marxist (CPI-M) Lok Sabha member from Tripura Sankar Prasad Dutta told the media that braving the threat of ruling BJP and the state government, the state's people unitedly observed the shutdown to protest against the rising prices of transport fuel and essentials.
The ruling BJP, however, claimed that the "people outrightly rejected the 'Bharat Bandh' as it did not serve their interest".
"Normal works were done in government offices and in most places in Tripura. The ongoing process of panchayat elections was also carried out all over Tripura. As plying of vehicles was little less, government employees and other workers went to their places of work with their own arrangements," BJP General Secretary Pratima Bhowmik told IANS.
"As a national party, BJP's policy is always against any shut down as the party gives top priority to development and peace beside the interest of the common and poor people. Any kind of 'bandh' or strike affected the development and interest of the people."