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Protest against �illegal� plying of boulder-laden trucks

By Correspondent

TURA, Nov 23 - Residents of South West Garo Hills on Friday took out a protest rally against the �illegal movement� of trucks carrying boulders through the district. The protest rally was joined by Boldamgre MDC, Stevie Marak.

The protesters later submitted a memorandum to the DC, demanding a halt to the plying of boulder-laden trucks to neighbouring Bangladesh. Despite complaints by NGOs, �nokmas�, women�s groups and other public leaders, trucks have been plying on the route for the last six months.

In another development, the West Garo Hills DC, Ram Singh, has also permitted plying of boulder-laden trucks from Bhutan to Bangladesh on the dilapidated AMPT Road and through South West Garo Hills.

Friday�s protest rally was held at Ampati, the district headquarters of South West Garo Hills, which saw the participation of hundreds of local residents. It was followed by a meeting where the protesters vowed to continue the fight against the plying of boulder-laden trucks to Bangladesh through the district.

The protesters also asked the DC to order the department concerned to repair the damage done to the road by the constant plying of overloaded trucks.

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