SILCHAR, June 23 - Thousands of local residents of Dorgakona area thronged the Assam University campus on Friday and blocked the Silchar-Dowarbandh road for more than five hours protesting the alleged inability of Cachar police in recovering Neha Bagdi, the prime suspect in the abduction of two-year-old Trisha Roy Choudhury, daughter of Dr Shubhadeep and Dr Satabhisha Roy Choudhury of Assam University, Silchar.
A large contingent of police and CRPF were deployed outside the university campus to control the angry mob. The blockade was withdrawn at 1pm.
�We want Neha Bagdi within seven days or else we shall not hesitate to stage massive protest,� echoed the fumed crowd. On the other hand, expressing serious annoyance over the sloppy approach of Cachar police in rescuing Neha, a section of the locals were of the view that while cash awards were announced in the case of Trisha Roy Choudhury, there is no such initiative seen for Neha, who belongs to a poor family.
Hari Narayan Verma, vice president of Bharatiya Mazdoor Sangha condemned the police atrocities meted out to the poor residents of Durgakona in the name of investigation. �We suspect a big racket is behind the kidnapping incident and Neha might be a victim as well. But it is very unfortunate to see that on the day Trisha was recovered, Neha could also have been traced if police would have been a little more alert. But sadly it didn�t happen,� Verma stated.
ADC Jitu Kumar Das who reached the spot to pacify the situation assured the protesters that Neha would be recovered soon and appealed to the people to cooperate with the administration and police.