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Tripura Cong calls for strike
Published on 2 Nov. 2009 11:14 PM IST
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The Congress has called a 24-hour general strike in Sabroom, the southernmost town of Tripura tomorrow, protesting against alleged attack on opposition MLA Subal Bhowmik by a group of Left Front cadres yesterday. The party organised protest rallies and demonstrations demanding arrest of the perpetrators this morning and blocked National Highway 44 in several places of South Tripura. According to report, four people, including a journalist, was injured in the attack while three separate FIRs have been registered in Manu Bazar police station following the incident but nobody was arrested so far. The Tripura Pradesh Congress Committee alleged that the CPI(M) had forcibly taken possession of a plot of private land belonging to three poor tribal families, which had been leased to ONGC for exploration work, reported UNI. ‘’The ONGC completed drilling in the private land, along with a plot of forest land, and later handed over the land to the owners with some basic infrastructure recently, but the local panchayat is trying to grab the entire land,’’ MLA Subal Bhowmik said. The Congress intervened in the issue and yesterday Mr Bhowmik, along with a group of Congress leaders, visited the area when Left Front cadres attacked them, a party statement alleged. Mr Bhowmik and the working journalists of the area filed two separate cases against the perpetrators while the local CPI(M) filed another case against the Congress MLA alleging that he had prevented the NREGA workers from working. Meanwhile, state Industry and Commerce Minister and MLA of the area Jitendra Choudhury said the ONGC had donated some infrastructure to local panchayat, not land, but the recently the land owners took possession of entire infrastructure, including government plots, and despite repeated requests, they did not vacate it and finally, the panchayat sought police help. Accordingly, the administration launched eviction drive, but the Congress tried to create unnecessary chaos, Mr Choudhury alleged.

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