GUWAHATI, Oct 30 - The Assam Rail Passengers� Association (ARPA) has urged political, non-political and student organisations in the State not to resort to rail rokos and other such agitations which disrupt train services.
Dipankar Sharma, general secretary of ARPA, said that events like rail blockades, organised by All Bodo Students� Union (ABSU) last week, cause severe problems to lakhs of commuters. �Not all people can afford to take flights. India Railway is used by crores of passengers every day and disruption of services even for a few hours causes massive inconvenience to innocent passengers,� he said.
Sharma said that while political and non-political organisations have the right to hold protests and demonstrations in a democratic society, they should not hold the innocent people hostage in the process.
�The commuters who suffer due to rail rokos are in no way responsible for any of the grievances which protesting organisations may be fighting against. So it is illogical and inhumane to make them suffer on that account,� said the ARPA member.