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Call to release arrested transport union workers


GOALPARA, Aug 10 - The Motor Transport Workers� Union of Goalpara, Democratic Youth Federation of India (DYFI), Kishan Sabha and other organisations organised a sit-in protest in front of the Deputy Commissioner�s office here on Thursday and demanded immediate release of 4 motor transport workers who were arrested on August 7 last at Mornoi during the 24-hour chakka bandh.

The bandh was called throughout the country by the All Motor Transport Workers� Association (AMTWA) demanding implementation of GST on diesel and petrol prices, immediate withdrawal of the Motor Vehicle Amendment Bill and implementation of motor transport labourers development schemes, besides other demands.

It may be mentioned that these 4 persons were apprehended by police for burning tyres on NH-46 near Camp Bazaar and for obstructing vehicular traffic. A case No. 74/2018 U/S 283/336/341 IPC R/W Section 3/4 PDPP Act was subsequently registered against them at Mornoi Police Station.

A memorandum addressed to the Chief Minister was also submitted to the Deputy Commissioner, where police action leading to the arrest of 4 motor transport workers was severely criticised by the motor transport union and other organisations.

The memorandum also demanded immediate removal of the Superintendent of Police who had been earlier sentenced on July 21, 2018 to a 2-year jail term by the court of Kamrup District & Sessions Judge in a case relating to custodial torture of an accused who is also a motor transport worker.

The memorandum added that the Government should desist from indulging in anti-worker policies and immediately concede to the motor transport workers� demands. The demand to repair the dilapidated NH-46 immediately was reiterated.

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