IPFT, other tribal groups hold protests in Tripura to demand separate state [Photos]

Indigenous People Front of Tripura (IPFT) and other tribal wings protest in national highway 44 in Khamtingbari area to demand a separate state- Twipraland.

FP Staff July 10, 2017 19:51:03 IST
Indigenous People Front of Tripura (IPFT) and other tribal wings protest in National Highway 44 in Khamtingbari area to demand a separate state- Twipraland, in Baramura, Agartala on Monday. PTI
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Indigenous People Front of Tripura (IPFT) and other tribal wings protest in National Highway 44 in Khamtingbari area to demand a separate state- Twipraland, in Baramura, Agartala on Monday. PTI
The IPFT has for the past few years been agitating for the creation of a separate state, carved out by upgrading the Tripura Tribal Areas Autonomous District Council (TTAADC) area. The TTAADC was formed in 1987 under the sixth schedule of the Constitution to protect and safeguard the political, economic and cultural interests of the tribals. PTI
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The IPFT has for the past few years been agitating for the creation of a separate state, carved out by upgrading the Tripura Tribal Areas Autonomous District Council (TTAADC) area. The TTAADC was formed in 1987 under the sixth schedule of the Constitution to protect and safeguard the political, economic and cultural interests of the tribals. PTI
The politically-important TTAADC constitutes two-third of Tripura's 10,491 square kilometre area and 1,216,465 (mostly tribals) of the state's total 37 lakh population reside in the areas. Almost all the political parties in Tripura have opposed the IPFT's demand for a separate state. PTI
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The politically-important TTAADC constitutes two-third of Tripura's 10,491 square kilometre area and 1,216,465 (mostly tribals) of the state's total 37 lakh population reside in the areas. Almost all the political parties in Tripura have opposed the IPFT's demand for a separate state. PTI
The politics of victimhood played by IPFT, a regional tribal based party, has mobilised the tribal population like never before. Banned insurgent group National Liberation Front of Tripura is also supporting the blockade, according to some reports. PTI
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The politics of victimhood played by IPFT, a regional tribal based party, has mobilised the tribal population like never before. Banned insurgent group National Liberation Front of Tripura is also supporting the blockade, according to some reports. PTI
Demonstrators shout slogans as they block a highway during the protest. The state government in a press statement had on Saturday appealed to the IPFT to withdraw the agitation as the people would suffer due to the blockade on the national highway. Reuters
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Demonstrators shout slogans as they block a highway during the protest. The state government in a press statement had on Saturday appealed to the IPFT to withdraw the agitation as the people would suffer due to the blockade on the national highway. Reuters
The ruling CPM had opposed the blockade call and said the demand for separate state is "divisive and aimed at disrupting communal harmony and peace in the state". Getty Images
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The ruling CPM had opposed the blockade call and said the demand for separate state is "divisive and aimed at disrupting communal harmony and peace in the state". Getty Images
BJP Tripura unit president Biplab Deb had earlier told reporters that "the demand for separate state is improbable and it is not physically possible. The BJP opposes the demand". Getty Images
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BJP Tripura unit president Biplab Deb had earlier told reporters that "the demand for separate state is improbable and it is not physically possible. The BJP opposes the demand". Getty Images