Hundreds of people took to the streets across Tripura and blocked several roads to protest against the crippling shortage of essential commodities and soaring fuel prices. The hike in rates worsens because of incessant rain.
Petrol price reaches up to Rs 300/litre and diesel hits Rs 150/litre. Apart from rain, inflation is also caused due to the damaged road between Assam-Tripura. On the national highway, most of the traffic remain stuck, mostly trucks and goods delivery wagons.
The highway has been damaged for a couple of months and the continuous rainfall has stalled repair work. Several trucks loaded with essential items, both perishable and non-perishable, are stranded on the highway.
In Agartala, protesters burnt tyres in front of fuel stations, opposition Trinamool Congress workers also joined them and block the routes to the state secretariat on Friday. Police quelled the protest and made over 50 arrests.
Several schools were forced to announce a three-day holiday owing to the absence of fuel for buses. The Tripura government has been forced to ration fuel and follow an odd-even system of refilling vehicles to deal with the situation.