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
"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.