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DHARMANAGAR: After 24 hours passed since violence broke out at Pecharthal RD Block in Tripura North District over REGA wages row, four separate complaints have been registered at the concerned police station against the miscreants involved.
Sources in Pecharthal confirmed that 2 panchayats and 2 workers unions registered complaints seeking arrest of the miscreants at the earliest.
On the issue, the Buddhists' organization announced to organize a protest rally at Pecharthal on April 19 following a huge gathering. They would sought the intervention of Chief Minister Manik Sarkar to dismiss the TSR and police personnel who resorted to lathi charge and fired leaving many injured and adopted stern action against them. They took the decision at a meeting today at the Buddhamandir Temple near Pecharthal Bazar.
Asked about the issue, one TSR jawan claimed that the bullet fired from their gun was of rubber. But the Chakma women who took shelter yesterday at the temple said that the TSR jawans came to the spot to collect bullets used in the last violence in the early morning to avoid contact with any eyes.
Hundreds of MGNREGA workers ransacked the Block Development Officer's office at Pecharthal RD Block in Dharmanagar Sub Division in Tripura North District over irregularity payment of their wages yesterday.
The REGA workers including women blocked the road by sitting on chairs from the office and warned them to stick to their agitation till they receive their pending wages on their hand. The police resorted to lathi charge on the REGA workers and later blank fired in the air to make the crowd thin.
All the injured persons were brought to Kailasahar Hospital. Among them, two police officials and two persons were referred to GBP Hospital due to their critical condition.
The Pecharthal Block Congress called for a bandh on April 18 for 24 hours condemning the violence erupted for REGA wages. However, the Tripura's ruling government claimed that the violence erupted due to the central government's decision of slashing implementation of the rural job scheme to 15 blocks.