Tripura’s powerful Tribal Students Federation (TSF) has called for a national strike from dawn to dusk on Monday to protest the alleged beating of two tribal students for parked their two-wheeler on the route Prime Minister Biplab Deb’s convoy was to take .
Police had filed a case against the two tribal students, though they had pleaded their innocence, claiming that their two-wheeler had broken down and that they had no intention of blocking the Chief Minister’s road on Thursday.
The students claimed that not only were they beaten mercilessly, but the police refused to file a complaint of physical assault against the traffic police personnel who attacked them. One of the students also claimed that a police officer even punched him in the groin, seriously injuring him.
While Tripura police have ordered a probe and bankrupted the police officers accused of the incident, an enraged TSF has called a bandh.
During a press conference on Sunday at the Agartala Press Club, TSF adviser Upendra Debbarma, in the presence of the organization’s general secretary John Debbarma and other officials, declared the bandh and also demanded severe punishment for the police officers.
This is the second complaint of excessive police force high in Agartala in less than a week.
Earlier this month, members of the LGBT community filed a complaint against state police for allegedly forcibly stripping some of them in public for checking their gender.