DIBRUGARH, March 11 - In a massive show of public outrage in the home district of Chief Minister Sarbananda Sonowal here over the attack on an AASU office and its members, besides desecration of a swahid bedi in Silapathar recently, besides failure on the part of the Government to nab the main culprits, the All Assam Students� Union (AASU) today spearheaded a 6 km-long protest march from Dibrujan to its district office at Chowkidinghee near the DC�s residence.
The protest march which was joined by several organisations like the Prakton AASU Samanay Samiti, Takam Mising Porin Kebang (TMPK), Asam Jatiyatabadi Yuba Chatra Parishad, Mottock Yuba Chatra Sanmilan, Asam Jatiyatabadi Yuva Parishad, Gorkha Chatra Sanstha, Assam Tea Tribes Students� Association, Brihattor Marwari Yuva Mancha, Akhil Hindustani Yuva Parishad, Jalan Nagar Milan Sangha, Dibrujan Yuva Sangha, Sadou Asam Muslim Yuba Parishad, Brihattor Asomiya Mahila Mancha, Karmachari Parishad, Sadou Asam Jatiyatabadi Yuva Sanmilan, Sadou Assam Bengali Federation and local traders� body, was flagged off from Jalanagar Tea Estate playground after a brief public meeting.
Equipped with banners, placards and public address system, the protestors made a clarion call to the general public to drive out all Bangladeshis irrespective of religion, sloganeering that the Government had failed and so people have to rise to the occasion to save their State from intruders.
Braving inclement weather, the protestors numbering about 3,000, slammed the State Government for failing to arrest Subodh Biswas, absconding leader of Nikhil Bharat Bangali Udbastu Samanway Samiti (NiBBUSS) and the most wanted person in relation to the Silapathar incident. The protestors demanded banning of NiBBUSS in the State and capital punishment for Subodh Biswas.
AASU general secretary Lurinjyoti Gogoi, who was at the forefront of the mammoth procession, said that the students� body strongly condemned the State Government for failing to nab the main culprit and also for failing to protect the sanctity of the indigenous people of the State. �This rally is also to showcase our unity and tell those enemies that no one will be allowed to jostle with our dignity and self esteem,� thundered Gogoi.
It may be pertinent to add that the district here had already gone through two days of shut down following the Silapathar incident. Today�s massive rally had practically brought the traffic to a halt for more than an hour. Almost all roads were choked in the city. The district administration deployed more than the usual number of police and traffic personnel for smooth conduct of the rally.
Meanwhile, one Samiran Debnath was arrested in connection with the Silapathar incident. He had fled from Silapathar via waterways and was hiding in a house at Kalibari here.