Tripura : Left protest against alleged anti-farmer policy of the central government



Over 5,000 opposition Left supporters today courted arrest from various parts of Tripura in a civil disobedience agitation against the alleged anti-farmer policy of the central government, police said.

 In the first major political protest since the poll debacle of the Left Front in Tripura in February, seven Left trade unions organized the stir as part of a nationwide protest by different peasant bodies.

Police said there was no report of violence during the agitation, though Left leaders alleged that they were attacked by ruling BJP supporters at different places.

Assistant Inspector General (Law and order) Smriti Ranjan Das said 5,222 supports were arrested from across the state and no violence was reported.

Police used tear gas shells and water canon to disperse the agitators at Paradise Chowmuhani here where former chief minister Manik Sarkar joined the protest.

 Former state assembly deputy speaker Pabitra Kar said Agartala city was barricaded in a war-like situation to prevent the rally.

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