Displaced villagers along Indo-Bangla border block highway
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Last Updated: Wednesday, April 06, 2011, 21:17
Agartala: Thousands of villagers, displaced due to erection of barbed wire fencing along the Indo-Bangla border, on Wednesday blocked the Assam-Agartala National highway at Reshambagan near here demanding proper rehabilitation of the affected families.

Vehicular movement on NH44, considered to be life line of Tripura, came to a halt as the villagers under the banner of Tripura Shimanta Bhoomi Suraksha Committee (TSBSC) gathered there and chanted slogans against the Left Front government to press for their 19-point charter of demands including, proper rehabilitation of the displaced people.

President of the TSBSC and Congress MLA Subal Bhowmick, said, " The movement would be continued until the demands were conceded by the government. Only 3,453 families of the total 8,500 displaced families were given rehabilitation and the rest were not given any package due to political reason".

He said the affected families would organize a civil- disobedience movement and march to jails on May 11 demanding meaningful compensation.

"We want fencing to come up along zero-line and meaningful compensation to the affected", he said.

Addressing the displaced persons, Pradesh Congress President Surajit Datta said All India Congress Committee (AICC) was in full support of the movement.

DIG Police Control Nepal Das said senior police officials with huge contingent of security forces were camping in the area and a sub divisional magistrate was also present there and added that the route was diverted and connected to a by-pass so that vehicles could enter the town.

No untoward incident has been reported so far.


First Published: Wednesday, April 06, 2011, 21:17

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