Tripura Fire Department personnel, who were beaten on Saturday by those protesting the state government’s decision to settle the Bru refugees from Mizoram in the state’s Kanchanpur subdivision, have died today, bringing the number of deaths in the violence to two. The man, identified as Biswajit Debbarma, was attacked in Panisagar, northern Tripura, as he tried to return home, police said.
On Saturday, a protester, Srikanta Das, was killed and 35 others, including security personnel and firefighters, were injured when police fired at the crowd who had attacked the security forces.
The state government has ordered a masterful investigation into the incident.
Paramilitaries Assam Rifles and Border Security Force were deployed to the Kanchanpur subdivision, north of Tripura, after the violence on Saturday. An indefinite stop called by protesters continued today.
The blockade of the national road has been lifted, government sources said on Sunday.
In January of this year, an agreement was signed between the government and the community of Reang, known locally as “Bru”, regarding the rehabilitation of families living in relief camps in Kanchanpur. They had emigrated from Mizoram to Tripura in 1997 following an ethnic conflict.
The shutdown was triggered by the Joint Movement Committee – a team made up of local Bengalis and Mizos in Kanchanpur. They say the arrival of refugees will disrupt ethnic harmony in the region.
Thousands of protesters staged protests outside government offices in open disregard of the administration’s ban on gatherings.
Meanwhile, Tripura Police, in a tweet, said: “The unfortunate incident in North Tripura was a public order issue, but on social media, videos are being released to paint the color of the incident. community violence. It is a punishable legal offense to share these videos with the intention of spreading ethnic hatred. “