GUWAHATI, Dec 14 � The Director General of Assam Police today sought time from the Gauhati High Court to respond on the Public Interest Litigation (PIL) filed regarding prevention of misuse of rickshaws allegedly being used as a means to provide sustenance to the illegal Bangladeshi migrants in Guwahati.
While BJ Talukdar appeared on behalf of the State of Assam, advocates Bijon Mahajan and Arshad Choudhury appeared on behalf of Jadish Bhuyan, who filed a PIL on Nov 29 seeking the Court�s intervention to prevent misuse of rickshaws by migrants.
The Court in response to it has fixed March 6, 2013, as the next date for hearing.
Bhuyan, in his PIL, raised apprehensions about the manner and method in which the rickshaws are plying in the city. He also alleged that the matter was brought to the notice of authorities concerned but to no avail.
The PIL further alleged absolute and gross indifference, negligence and apathy on the part of the official respondents in taking steps towards implementing the provisions of the Guwahati Municipal Corporation (Licensing of Rickshaw and Rickshaw-puller) Bye Laws, 1976.
The GMC, in reply to an RTI application filed by the petitioner in regard to plying of rickshaws, had divulged that a total of 16,000 rickshaws were registered with the GMC till 2011-12 while another 5,100 rickshaws were plying in the city without any registration. It was also stated that against the 21,000 rickshaws plying in the city, only 544 licensed rickshaw-pullers were available.