The Raha unit of the All Assam Students’ Union ( AASU ) today staged a demonstration in front of the Raha ASEB office in protest against the frequent load shedding at Raha Town and its neighbouring areas and power tariff hike by 56 paise per unit from August 1 by the Assam State Electicity Board ( ASEB ). Accusing the ASEB of not being able to provide better service but only applying power hike on the common people , more than hundreds of AASU activists led by Mridul Hazarika, AASU Nagaon district unit president , also locked up the ASEB Raha sub-divisional office at 10 a.m.
Criticizing the irregular supply of power by ASEB, at Raha and its neighbouring areas Mridul Hazarika said, “ The residents of Raha are perennially suffering a lot due to erratic power supply by ASEB.There is no fixed time for load shedding here as a result of which Students, business community, industrial units, among others are suffering a lot due to the erratic power supply.”
Hazarika further said “It is ridiculous that in order to recover its losses, the ASEB is putting more burden on the common people. We demand that the State Government should grant subsidy to ASEB and simultaneously we demand a rollback in the decision to hike the power tariff. We also demand that the government should come up with measures to increase power production in the State to meet the power requirement instead of frequent load-shedding.”
Later , AASU activists were arrested by Police personnels of Raha Police Station led by i/c Arun Kr. Bora and opened the office for its employees in presence of Raha SDC Lakshmi Das Barooa.