GUWAHATI, June 7 � Members of the North East Students� Organisation (NESO), supported by all its constituent bodies, today staged a protest rally near the Guwahati Club rotary point demanding early solution to their long-standing demands from the Centre.
The demands include enactment of a Central Act for the safety and security of the Northeast students studying in other parts of the country, repeal of AFSPA, and effective steps to curb illegal influx, besides seeking expedition of ongoing peace initiatives with the different militant groups.
It also demanded special constitutional status for the region, besides a Special Education Commission.
The NESO as part of its intensified protest against the �discriminatory� attitude of the Centre will follow up with another protest rally in front of Raj Bhawans of all the seven NE States on June 29.
The students� organization also reiterated its demand to put a halt to the construction of big dams till the arrival of experts� committee report.
Addressing the rally, NESO chairman Dr Samujjal Bhattacharya, said: �We warn the Central Government against such discriminatory attitude towards the North East. Our demands must have to be addressed at the earliest.�
Hundreds of students from various parts of North East, including those studying in Delhi and other parts of the country took part in the rally.
Gumjun Haider, secretary general, NESO, addressing the gathering warned the Central Government not to treat the people of NE as a mere commodity and also set the accountability on the respective State Government where students from the region are being subjected to harassment.
NESO adviser Artex Simrey and other leaders of students� bodies including the All Assam Students� Union (AASU) also spoke on the occasion.