BONGAIGAON, Oct 12 - Members and supporters of Chirang district unit of Bodoland People�s Front (BPF) have continued their protest against a carbon industry for polluting a residential area around the facility.
The protest completed eight days on Thursday at Dhaligaon in Chirang district where Carbon Resource Private Limited was established in 2010.
Local BPF leader Pani Ram Brahma had in 2016 filed a case against the industry.
On Wednesday, the Chirang district administration enforced Section 144 CrPC and ousted the protesters from the venue near the industry to allow its normal functioning. Yesterday the protesters continued their protest at a new venue away from the industry.
Amidst the protests, a 12-member group of officials from the Pollution Control Board of Guwahati reached the industry and inspected the machinery units and the surroundings of the industry to assess the quantum of pollution. They said all the findings will be mentioned in their report.
But it is alleged that the team did not visit the storehouse beside the Carbon Resource industry in which Brahmaputra Carbon Limited, another carbon industry of New Bongaigaon, has reportedly stacked a huge quantity of Raw Petroleum Coke (RPC). The water and soil pollution caused by carbon dust too was ignored, it is alleged.
Noticing the selective action by the Pollution Control Board officials, Krishak Mukti Sangram Samiti�s Bongaigaon district unit general secretary Nandan Debnath has demanded the Pollution Control Board and the State Government to conduct all the mandated tests and monitor the pollution spread by these carbon industries at Dhaligaon, Sundari and New Bongaigaon respectively.
Otherwise the organisation would not sit idle but embark on the path of a long-drawn agitation, Nandan warned.