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AGARTALA: After the Pecharthal REGA wages feud, the REGA workers of Hezamara Block under Sidhai in Tripura West District agitated over irregularity in paying their wages. As a part of their protest, the angry REGA workers blocked Khowai-Agartala National Highway -44 on Tuesday after they came to know their wages would not be provided.
A case was lodged at the concerned police station on Tuesday 10. 30 PM against few REGA workers, confirmed a police official of Sidhai on Wednesday.
"We are looking into the matter. So far, no arrest has been made," the official said.
A source placed in Sidhai claimed that nearly 12 local CPI (M) cadres attacked the REGA workers in the evening during their agitation after which the REGA workers ransacked the local party office.
The REGA workers on Monday had blocked the Khowai-Agartala National Highway -44 when they did not get their wages. They were assured to clear their pending dues by Tuesday.
When their assurances were not met, they blocked the NH -44 again and warned to stick to their agitation till they get their wages. However, they withdrew their agitation after few hours, confirmed a police official of Sidhai Police Station.
Later, in a press communiqué, the party secretariat stated that the REGA workers were cleared all their dues by the government. But a section of Indigenous Nationalist Party of Tripura (INPT) and Indigenous Peoples' Front of Tripura (IPFT) had influenced REGA workers of few ADC areas to stir for REGA wages. They reportedly pressed the block official to pay wages to those REGA workers who didn't work for a single day.
The party also stated that CPI (M) Hezamara Regional Committee secretary Ramani Debbarma and CPI (M) Sub Divisional Committee member Dayal Debbarma were attacked when they asked to withdraw the blockade at Khowai-Agartala National Highway -44. They also ransacked houses of two local CPI (M) leaders' house.