170,000 CPM workers arrested in Tripura

Published: 28th May 2013 08:16 PM  |   Last Updated: 28th May 2013 08:16 PM   |  A+A-

A record 170,000 CPM leaders, members and supporters were Tuesday arrested after participating in an agitation against the central government over corruption and price rise, police said. They were released after some time.

Over 170,000 Communist Party of India-Marxist (CPM) leaders, members and supporters were arrested from more than 50 places in the state after participating in the 'Gana Satyagraha' (mass picketing), a police official said.

"The mass picketing across Tripura was peaceful. No untoward incident was reported from anywhere in the state," Inspector General of Police Nepal Das told IANS.

Those arrested included CPM state secretary Bijan Dhar, state party spokesman Gautam Das and many party legislators.

According to CPM leaders, over 200,000 partymen organised mass picketing in more than 50 places in front of the central government offices in support of eight-point demands.

The eight-point demands include right to land and house-sites, curbing price rise, right to food, right to education and health, right to employment, ensuring social justice, ending corruption, farmers rights and stopping FDI in retail trade.

"Over 200,000 people of all ages including women and tribals took part in the agitation, organised as part of the CPM's nationwide programme," Das told IANS.


Disclaimer : We respect your thoughts and views! But we need to be judicious while moderating your comments. All the comments will be moderated by the newindianexpress.com editorial. Abstain from posting comments that are obscene, defamatory or inflammatory, and do not indulge in personal attacks. Try to avoid outside hyperlinks inside the comment. Help us delete comments that do not follow these guidelines.

The views expressed in comments published on newindianexpress.com are those of the comment writers alone. They do not represent the views or opinions of newindianexpress.com or its staff, nor do they represent the views or opinions of The New Indian Express Group, or any entity of, or affiliated with, The New Indian Express Group. newindianexpress.com reserves the right to take any or all comments down at any time.

flipboard facebook twitter whatsapp