Internally displaced people launch relay hunger strike

Agartala, Feb 2 (PTI) Hundreds of internally displacedpeople due to erection of barbed wire fencing along theIndo-Bangla border in Tripura today launched an indefiniterelay hunger strike here to press for their 19-point charterof demands.

� �Unless they are given assurance in writing by thegovernment that they will be properly rehabilitated the relayhunger strike will continue�, Subal�Bhowmick, President of theSimanta Bhumi Suraksha Committee (Committee for protection ofsoil in border) told reporters.

Tripura has 856 km long border with Bangladesh ofwhich 675 km had been fenced to check infiltration of illegalmigrants and Indian insurgents from fleeing to Bangladesh ,illegal trade and trans-border crime.

� Bhowmick said thousands of displaced people fromdifferent parts of the state would assemble in the statecapital here��to participate a central rally on February 14next.

� ��The state government has done little for therehabilitation of the affected poor families even afterreceiving a hefty amount of money from the Centre�, healleged.

He said a sizable number of families were leading amiserable life after they lost their fertile land�due tofencing.

The major demands include publication of names of8500 families, construction of fencing along zero-Point tosave the Indian soil, government employment for each affectedfamily and allotment of alternative land for them.

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