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Traffic standstill in Chandipur as roads remain unrepaired; CJM trapped in blockade


BY TC News Desk

Agartala, August 14: Commotion arose on the eve of Independence Day as the Chief Judicial Magistrate (CGM) of the local court found himself ensnared in a road blockade within the minister Tinku Roy’s assembly constituency. The incident transpired within the Halairpar vicinity of the Chandipur assembly constituency in Kailashahar sub-division.

For an extended period, the roads traversing Halairpar and Chantail villages in the constituency, notably under the purview of Minister Tinku Roy, have languished in disrepair. These thoroughfares have deteriorated to an extent where even pedestrian passage has become a daunting endeavour, according to reports from those affected by the blockade.

Despite multiple notifications to influential figures within the ruling party, including the head of the local gram panchayat, remedial measures for road restoration failed to initiate. In an escalated turn of events, the collapse of a dam heightened concerns, prompting villagers to formally approach the Sub-Divisional Magistrate and District Magistrate, both in written and verbal form, to no avail.

Consequently, the villagers, fuelled by frustration, banded together to stage a protest, effectively blocking three roads concurrently within Halairpar and Chantail villages from 10:30 am on Monday. The move led to an unfortunate gridlock, ensnaring numerous vehicles in its wake.

In response to the road blockade, a substantial deployment of police and TSR personnel, led by the Officer-in-Charge of Kailasahar police station, swiftly arrived at the scene. However, the blockade endured, even following the intervention of Deputy Magistrate Rajiv Datta, who represented the sub-divisional administration and engaged with the protesters.

The demonstrators remained resolute, outlining that the blockade would persist until the District Magistrate personally convened with them and initiated concrete measures for road refurbishment. The gravity of the situation was compounded when the Chief Judicial Magistrate (CJM) of the Kailashahar court inadvertently became entangled in the very blockade that had sparked the unrest.

News of the CJM’s predicament reverberated across social media platforms, prompting the Kailashahar police station’s Officer-in-Charge, along with officials from the sub-divisional administration, to undertake efforts to extricate the CJM from the scene. Regrettably, these endeavours were met with opposition from the protesters, who not only detained the CJM but also expressed their discontent through tire-burning demonstrations.

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