12-hour strike in Tripura for ‘Roman’ script triggers tension

As the Twipra Students’ Federation (TSF) on Monday observed 12-hour strike across the state to press for their demand of ‘Roman’ script for Kok-Borok language, tension triggered mostly in the ADC areas of the state, where a large number of tribal including women were detained by the police, while they were slogging for their demand.

The agitators, who intensified their movement along the Baramura hill range on Monday morning engaged in a scuffle with the police after they were restricted from blocking roads. The tribals, mostly the women, came front to scuffle with the police, while they were taken to preventive detention. 

The TSF activists led by the body’s general secretary Hamalu Jamatia agitated here at Agartala North Gate area by blocking the road since Monday morning. Over 40 activists of TSF were taken to preventive detention after they blocked the road in front of the North Gate.

“We called for a 12-hour strike throughout the state to demand Roman script for Kokborok language. We are not against any community. We are not here for any communal violence. We are just here for our demand of the Roman script,” Jamatia told reporters.

However, vehicular movement in the ADC areas and partly in the capital town of Agartala were restricted following the 12-hour strike. The TSF activists in other parts of the state were seen burning tyres to block roads as part of their movement for ‘Roman’ script for Kok-Borok language.

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