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Tripura: Police used water cannons and tear gas to disperse teachers protesting near CM’s residence | India News


AGARTALA: Several protesters were injured on Wednesday after Tripura police and the Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF) used tear gas and water cannons to disperse hundreds of protesting teachers and blocked roads in front of the official premises of the Chief Minister Biplab Kumar Dev.
Some of the protesters were injured and at least two police vehicles were destroyed.
According to Arindam Nath, IG (Law & Order) of Tripura Police, 165 people have been arrested so far, including six women. “Since the area where the protest is taking place is next to the IGM hospital and the VIP rooms, the utmost care is being taken,” said Arindam Nath, IG (Law and Order) of Tripura Police.
Dipankar Debbarma, the leader of the protest, claimed that the unrest had been totally peaceful for the past 52 days, but that the administration had dismantled its makeshift protest camps in the Paradise Chowmuhani area and that it led to the roadblock in the front of CM’s residence.
He further claimed that more than 40 agitators were injured, and some of them suffered head injuries.
“We are waging a legal battle for our rights,” said Sima Debnath, a protester.
Earlier in the day, restrictions were imposed under Section 144 of the Criminal Procedure Code (CrPC) in the Agartala Municipal Corporation area due to ongoing turmoil from the Joint Movement Committee of 10323 (a group of laid off teachers).
According to the ban order issued Tuesday by District Magistrate and Collector Dr. Shailesh K Yadav, the ban will remain in effect for a 24-hour period starting at 6 a.m. today.
Tripura teachers have been protesting the removal of 10,323 teacher appointments across the state due to irregularities in the hiring process.

Times of India