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Protests over price hike in Tinsukia

By Correspondent

TINSUKIA, July 21 - The recent price hike of essential commodities including LPG, petrol, diesel etc., by the government of Assam has been opposed by Tinsukia district committee of Asom Jatiyatabadi Yuba Chatra Parishad (AJYCP). It appealed to the government to roll back the hike. The protesters staged a sit-in dharna in front of Deputy Commissioner�s office complex here on Wednesday. The protesters have condemned the Sarbananda Sonowal-led State government and stated that instead of taking action for reducing the prices of essential commodities, it has now put more pressure on the people of the State by increasing Value Added Tax (VAT) on the essential commodities. It warned that unless the government rolls back the price hike, it would not rest and continue to stage protest programmes in a stringent manner.

Torch rally: Activists of the All Tinsukia District Students� Union, an unit of All Assam Students� Union (AASU), took out a huge torch rally in Tinsukia on Wednesday evening in protest against government�s move to auction 12 oil fields of the State. The rally started from its office near Tinsukia College, Katchujan and ended at Thana Chariali via College road, GNB Road.

Speaking on the occasion, Pulak Chetia, vice president, AASU stated that the Central government�s decision to auction 12 oil fields of Assam was totally an anti-Assam move and because of this move people of Assam would be deprived of the rights over the properties of the State. Not only oil, but people of Assam must have their rights over other resources of the State like coal, tea etc., and the Central govt did not have the right to deprive the people of the State of their rights, he added. The AASU vice president urged the State government to take a serious not of the issue and ensure that people of Assam are not be deprived of their rights.

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