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CM orders probe into Pholongoni incident

By Staff Reporter

GUWAHATI, Sept 16 � The All Assam Students� Union (AASU) will observe September 18 as a black day in protest against the atrocities perpetrated by the Nagaland Police personnel on its activists at Pholongoni yesterday, even as Chief Minister Tarun Gogoi today directed a high-level inquiry into the incident.

It needs mention here that a party of Nagaland Police had beaten up the AAASU activists who were blocking NH-39 in Golaghat district�s Pholongoni area in support of their demands. The incident resulted in injuries to several persons.

An AASU statement here said that on September 18, AASU members would hoist black flags, cover their faces with black cloth and hold demonstrations, between 12 noon and 2 pm, at the district headquarters in protest against the incident.

In addition to this, the AASU has allowed its Golaghat district unit to go for an economic blockade against Nagaland in case the State Government fails to initiate any effective step against the Nagaland Police officers and personnel, who were involved in the incident, by tomorrow. The AASU has also demanded of the Nagaland Government punitive measures against its guilty police officers and personnel, said the AASU in its statement.

According to an official press release, Chief Minister Tarun Gogoi directed Chief Secretary Nava Kumar Das to collect the details of the incident from the Deputy Commissioner of Golaghat district and to file a report on it within a short period to him (Chief Minister).

AGP condemnation: Meanwhile, opposition Asom Gana Parishad (AGP) today demanded firm steps against those involved in the Pholongoni incident. Or else, it warned, it would go for a democratic agitation. The party has condemned yesterday�s incident in the strongest term.

AGP general secretary and chief spokesman Atul Bora said here today that the failure of the State Government to deal with such incidents firmly on the earlier occasions had boosted the morale of the Naga miscreants and the bad elements in the Nagaland Police to go for such incidents even within the territory of Assam.

Moreover, due to the weak stand of the Assam Government on the issue has helped Nagaland develop its �border area infrastructure� within the territory of Assam. The Assam Government has remained a silent spectator to all such developments. The weak stand of the Assam Government would further encourage some more such incidents in the days to come, warned the AGP spokesman.

Our Correspondent from Jorhat adds: As an immediate reaction against the ruthless beating by the Nagaland Police presonnel the picketers at Thoramukh, Golaghat yesterday, the Hills Area Truck owners� Association has stopped the movement of the trucks under it heading towards Nagaland from Assam for 24 hours starting from 5 am today.

Bidyut Hazarika, Secretary, Hills Area Truck Owners� Association told to this correspondet that they were discussing the matter with other organizations like AASU to determine their future course of action.

Meanwhile, All Assam Students� Union (AASU) sat for talks with Golaghat deputy commissioner today after organising a protest rally in front of the DC office, Golaghat. AASU gave a deadline of September 17 to the Golaghat district administration to arrest the guilty Naga policemen involved in yesterday�s incident.

Manuar Hussain, AASU member of the Central Executive Committee told to this correspondent that AASU central committee had already decided to carry out economic blocked of Nagaland from September 19 to a indefinite period.

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CM orders probe into Pholongoni incident

GUWAHATI, Sept 16 � The All Assam Students� Union (AASU) will observe September 18 as a black day in protest against the atrocities perpetrated by the Nagaland Police personnel on its activists at Pholongoni yesterday, even as Chief Minister Tarun Gogoi today directed a high-level inquiry into the incident.

It needs mention here that a party of Nagaland Police had beaten up the AAASU activists who were blocking NH-39 in Golaghat district�s Pholongoni area in support of their demands. The incident resulted in injuries to several persons.

An AASU statement here said that on September 18, AASU members would hoist black flags, cover their faces with black cloth and hold demonstrations, between 12 noon and 2 pm, at the district headquarters in protest against the incident.

In addition to this, the AASU has allowed its Golaghat district unit to go for an economic blockade against Nagaland in case the State Government fails to initiate any effective step against the Nagaland Police officers and personnel, who were involved in the incident, by tomorrow. The AASU has also demanded of the Nagaland Government punitive measures against its guilty police officers and personnel, said the AASU in its statement.

According to an official press release, Chief Minister Tarun Gogoi directed Chief Secretary Nava Kumar Das to collect the details of the incident from the Deputy Commissioner of Golaghat district and to file a report on it within a short period to him (Chief Minister).

AGP condemnation: Meanwhile, opposition Asom Gana Parishad (AGP) today demanded firm steps against those involved in the Pholongoni incident. Or else, it warned, it would go for a democratic agitation. The party has condemned yesterday�s incident in the strongest term.

AGP general secretary and chief spokesman Atul Bora said here today that the failure of the State Government to deal with such incidents firmly on the earlier occasions had boosted the morale of the Naga miscreants and the bad elements in the Nagaland Police to go for such incidents even within the territory of Assam.

Moreover, due to the weak stand of the Assam Government on the issue has helped Nagaland develop its �border area infrastructure� within the territory of Assam. The Assam Government has remained a silent spectator to all such developments. The weak stand of the Assam Government would further encourage some more such incidents in the days to come, warned the AGP spokesman.

Our Correspondent from Jorhat adds: As an immediate reaction against the ruthless beating by the Nagaland Police presonnel the picketers at Thoramukh, Golaghat yesterday, the Hills Area Truck owners� Association has stopped the movement of the trucks under it heading towards Nagaland from Assam for 24 hours starting from 5 am today.

Bidyut Hazarika, Secretary, Hills Area Truck Owners� Association told to this correspondet that they were discussing the matter with other organizations like AASU to determine their future course of action.

Meanwhile, All Assam Students� Union (AASU) sat for talks with Golaghat deputy commissioner today after organising a protest rally in front of the DC office, Golaghat. AASU gave a deadline of September 17 to the Golaghat district administration to arrest the guilty Naga policemen involved in yesterday�s incident.

Manuar Hussain, AASU member of the Central Executive Committee told to this correspondent that AASU central committee had already decided to carry out economic blocked of Nagaland from September 19 to a indefinite period.