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AASU, 25 indigenous bodies to intensify stir

By Staff Reporter

GUWAHATI, Sept 21 � The All Assam Students Union (AASU) along with 25 other indigenous groups has decided to intensify the joint movement against the big dams in the region throughout the State.

In the two-day meeting of all the organizations that concluded today, decision was taken to stage a sit-in demonstration on September 30 in Guwahati, followed by a vigorous gana-satyagraha in the first week of November in the capital city opposing the big dams, and forcefully placing its demand to update the NRC immediately. Other prominent issues like declaring floods and erosion in Assam as a national problem, sealing the porons border, taking step for protection of Majuli, etc., would also be raised strongly.

Addressing a press meet here, the AASU advisor Samujjal Kumar Bhattacharyya said that the movement against the big dams would be stepped up with the active participation of common people. �Experts from IIT-Guwahati, Gauhati University and Dibrugarh University have clearly said in their report that constructing dams in a vulnerable seismic zone like the foothills of Himalayas can be dangerous to the existence of the people living in that area,� Bhattacharyya said, while criticizing the Centre as well as the State governments for their negligence on the issue.

The meeting further decided to unite the people of different communities on all the vital issues including constitutional safeguard to the people of the State and other demands.

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