Communists in Tripura seeking withdrawal of lockdown for Bakrid celebrations

The Tripura unit of the Communist Party of India (Marxist), has asked the state government to revoke Lockdown on 1st of August for Bakrid celebrations. The party made the call through their local mouthpiece ‘Desher Katha.’

Lockdown has been in place in Tripura since 27th of July. Dubbing the move of the government to have lockdown during the religious festival of a particular community as “reckless,” the CPIM claimed that it has put burden on the working class. CPIM alleged that the imposition of complete lockdown in Tripura has forced people into living under house arrest.

The party mouthpiece also demanded liberty of protests and political activities saying, “Under the pretext of containing the Coronavirus outbreak, the State government is snatching away their rights, personal freedom, and ability to protest and express a different opinion.”

The party has asked the BJP government in the State to withdraw curfew and Section 144 of the Indian Penal Code (IPC) that prohibits assembly of five or more people in a particular area.