Retired ST Employees and Erudites Association today held a press conference at Agartala press club expressing their concern over the “Rail Roko” and “Raasta Roko” andolan for a separate Twipra Land by a regional tribal party which is slated to begin from 10th July 2017 for indefinite period. The Association is deeply worried about the way the movement for a separate Twipra Land is shaping up. The National Highway 8 (NH 8) is a National Highway in India running from Karimganj in Assam to khayerpur in Tripura, It is the state’s only road link to the rest of India. The broad gauge service has also been launched recently.
According to the Association, in such circumstances if such a bandh is observed then it will seriously affect the people and economy of the state as the state relies heavily on imports of vegetables, rice and other daily needed accessories from other states. Moreover being the only road link to the rest of India the bandh will create a chaos.
The Association also said that the centre, state and TTADC can work together for the upliftment of the socio-economic conditions of the tribals of ADC villages. A door for a peaceful and disciplined movement for demanding democratic rights is always open. The people of the state should not suffer at any cost.
The association further requested the regional party leadership to withdraw their decision and also requested the tribals and non tribals of the state to not participate in the bandh.
The Association released a memorandum expressing their concern and the memorandum was signed by various retired ST IAS, IPS officers and other dignitaries.
Earlier Sri N C Debbarma, President IPFT (The Indigenous Peoples Front of Tripura) on 12th June 2017 said in press conference that, “The party has enlisted various movement in their two days convention.The NH 8 highway and railway service in Baramura valley will be blocked for indefinite period from 10th July 2017 in favour of demand for a separate Twipra Land.”
Political analysts say that,” Today various associations are coming forward and holding press conferences to protest against IPFT’s bandh, where were they when the people of ADC villages were deprived day in and day out?”