Guwahati : The 31st National Highway witnessed a loud roar today when the thousands of students march through it to the District headquarter of the Baksa shouting the lawlessness of the state government as Dr. Samujjal Bhattacharjee, Advisor of AASU, Shankar Prasad Roy, President of AASU along with thousands of All Assam Students Union (AASU) activists taken out a protest rally, Satyagraha, in demand of the immediate stern action for the killing of the AASU leader Tapan Das.
Tapan Das was the president of the Champaguri-Koklabari unit of the All Assam Students’ Union, was on his bicycle when the killers waylaid and attacked him with sharp weapons at Golagaon, near Rangajuli under Jala police station the last 5th September. “The state government has totally failed to give protection to the common people,” president Shankar Prasad Ray and general secretary Tapan Kumar Gogoi said in common.
The AASU confirmed its further strong movement for the investigation of the killing of their colleague and the indigenous people of the state as the All Bodo Students Union (ABSU) has also extended their support to it today.
Panic struck Saturday in Tangla when a lone wild jumbo trampled to death a lady. Identified as Gulsanjit Kaur (39), the wife of an Indian Army jawan was killed by the elephant in the wee hours sending shockwaves in the area. Forest officials later drove away the elephant with the help of two domestic elephants.
The controversial Raha Toll Gate at Raha in Nagaon district has been shut down temporarily for 24 hours by National Highway Authority of India (NHAI) after Nagaon district administration notified NHAI about the alleged ‘illegal’ status of the particular gate. This happened after protesters led by Akhil Gogoi raised the issue of ‘illegal’ status of the Toll Gate before the district administration at the protest site.
The representatives of the Nagaon district administration present at the site of protest admitted that the Toll Gate is located within 2 km of the Raha Town. Though they didn’t comment on the illegal status of the Gate, in particular, they pointed out that NHAI had prepared the plan of the four-lane passing through Raha in the year 2003-04 and that time Raha Town wasn’t formed, which came into being later in 2009.
Protesters led by Akhil Gogoi submitted a memorandum raising the issues to the Nagaon district administration following which they notified about the issues to the NHAI. The NHAI has closed down the Raha Toll Gate for 24 hours. Meanwhile, the protesters have requested for a tripartite meeting with the CM of Assam and NHAI authorities. NHAI has agreed to a meeting within the next 24 hours to decide the fate of the Raha Toll Gate.
Condemning the Mumbai violence over BTAD riot, VHP on Saturday said those who took part in it should be arrested and penalised for damage caused to life and property. VHP leader Pravin Togadia said those who took part in the violence and arson as well as those who instigated the same should be arrested. He further said that the damage caused to public property should be recovered from the rioters.