The indefinite strike called by the Indigenous People’s Front of Tripura (IPTF) has entered the third day and it has brought life to a halt in Tripura. The protestors stripped naked on their third day of the strike and continued to block the road and rail network. The NH-8 that connects Assam and Agartala and the rail link in West Tripura district’s Khamthingbari have been blocked by the protestors. However, the situation has been peaceful until now. The primary demand of the IPTF is to create a new state called Tipraland out of the current Tripura. The IPTF members come from tribal communities and they claim that their identity is under threat. This is why they want a separate state called Tipraland.
The Tipraland movement gained momentum after the demand for Telangana was accepted by the UPA government. It inspired IPTF members to make more sustained efforts to get statehood for Tipraland. These people are protesting to protect their identity even when tribal autonomous district council has been established to look into the needs of people living in tribal areas.