Agartala, June 15: In a recent development, TIPRA Motha chief Pradyot Kishore Debbarma expressed strong condemnation towards the alleged police “high-handedness” during the protest held by the Tipra Indigenous Students Federation (TISF), which escalated into violence on Wednesday.
During a video message, the TIPRA Motha Chief vehemently criticized the police’s actions and stated, “Our women students were subjected to physical assault. What wrong had they committed? They were merely advocating for their future. I condemn the incidents that occurred in the strongest terms. I earnestly urge the Government of India and the state government to consider the demand for the use of Roman script in Kokborok.”
Today was a #BlackDay for Tripura.
Tripura police used tear gases, water cannon and lathi charged thousands of unarmed peaceful protesters including many school girls who were just asking for two minutes of time from the Hon’ble Governor to meet and discuss a very grave issue… pic.twitter.com/ayInIbWRwt
— Pradyot_Tripura (@PradyotManikya) June 14, 2023
Debbarma, a scion of the Tripura royal family, emphasized that the “movement for rights” would intensify if the government failed to address their demands.
Furthermore, he expressed discontent over the use of excessive force by the government, such as lathi charges and the deployment of water cannons against peaceful protestors.
The Tripura Governor also faced criticism for his alleged lack of proactive involvement in addressing the issue.
Yesterday, a protest rally organized by the Tipra Indigenous Students Federation, the student wing of Tipra Motha, took place in Agartala, the capital city of Tripura. The situation turned violent when the police resorted to tear gas shelling and water cannons to disperse the demonstrators who had blocked the road to the airport for approximately four hours.
As a result, six protestors sustained injuries and were promptly taken to the GB Hospital for medical treatment.
The incident has drawn significant attention, and the TIPRA Motha chief’s condemnation of the police action and warning of escalating the movement reflects the mounting tensions surrounding the issue.
Authorities and concerned stakeholders are urged to address the grievances of the protestors promptly to prevent further escalation of the situation.
During a rally organized by the Tipra Indigenous Students Federation (TISF), the student wing of TIPRA Motha, in Agartala, more than 20 student agitators were injured as police personnel resorted to lathi charges and used water cannons. The rally aimed to demand the adoption of the Roman script for the Kokborok language, which is spoken by a significant portion of Tripura’s indigenous community.
The rally, starting from Vivekananda Maidan, was intended to culminate in a dharna outside the Governor’s House. However, security forces prevented the demonstrators from reaching their intended destination, near the Circuit House, where the student wing conducted their protests.