DIBRUGARH, June 6 - The Brahmaputra Cracker and Polymer Limited (BCPL) at Lepetkata near here came to standstill today following a dawn-to-dusk demonstration by the members of the All Assam Students Union (AASU) of the district at the main entrance of the gas cracker project.
The demonstration, staged as early as 5 am, was actively supported by local AASU units of Borborooah and Lezai. The student body staged protest against the failure of the BCPL authorities to contain the pollution caused by the industry in its surroundings, particularly in the Sessa river.
�The river water is contaminated and has become poisonous for aquatic creatures and for agricultural activities in the area. The BCPL�s negligent attitude cannot be tolerated,� said AASU executive committee member Sanjib Changmai.
The protesting students also demanded appointment of 100 per cent locals, including the managing director, in the company. The other demands of the AASU included setting up of a martyr�s park at the BCPL site. The protesters demanded that the lives sacrificed for projects such as BCPL during the Assam Agitation must be acknowledged.
The protesters blocked the main entrance till the evening. They dispersed only after the BCPL authorities gave them a written assurance for a discussion at around 3:30 pm.