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Bhootnath goat market body protests eviction


GUWAHATI, March 3 - Members of the goat market of Bhootnath today protested after the Guwahati Municipal Corporation (GMC) evicted them from the market prior to taking up the construction work for the bridge between Guwahati and North Guwahati.

�The market has been continuing in this place for the last 30 years. The GMC authority today evicted us from the market. We have been demanding an alternative site for us in and around Adabari area. But, the Corporation through a notification recently asked us to shift to the state-of-the-art�slaughter house�located at Panjabari,� general secretary of the market committee Makbul Ahmed said.

�We will lose potential customers and sellers due to this decision of the Corporation. Most of the sellers are from lower Assam. We request the GMC to immediately make an arrangement in the Adabari area itself. If this market does not continue for the next five to six days, then there will be shortage of mutton in the city and it will lead to its price rise as well,� he added.

A source in the GMC said that a meeting would be convened in this regard with the market committee tomorrow.

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