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Monday, October 26, 2009

Katigorah-Malidahar point road blockade peaceful

Katigorah road blockade peaceful

SILCHAR, Oct 26: Thousands of local people, including school students, took to the streets to block the NH-44 at Katigorah-Malidahar point in protest against the administration’s indifferent attitude towards the renovation of the national highway which connects South Assam, Mizoram and Tripura with the rest of the country.

According to sources, Cachar Deputy Commissioner Gautam Ganguly, in a meeting with Katigorah MLA Ataur Rahman Majharbhuiya as well as engineers of various branches of the PWD, said he fell sick after travelling on the road during the Puja.

The sources also said that Ganguly had ordered patch work within three days and completion of the renovation work within a month. But his assurance failed to deter the United NH-44 Development Committee, a platform of four truck owners’ association formed by 370 vehicle owners from Badarpur, Katigorah, Panchgram and Kalain, to stage the bandh.

The Committee had called a 36-hour road blockade from this morning. The agitation was supported by the BJP, AGP, AUDF. It was also reported that although the ruling party did not support the agitation officially, local Congress leaders personally extended their moral support to the agitators.

Today’s blockade was held at five points –– Gumra Petrol Pump, Katigorah Chourangi, Kalain, Malidahar and Lakhicherrs. According to the sources, agitators blocked the car of Badarpur MLA Anwarul Haque and Katigorah MLA Ataur Rahman Majharbhuiya.

Also the local police and the administration did not resort to foil the blockade realizing the public sentiment.

Earlier, on Sunday evening, Katigorah Circle Inspector Debadhish Baishya held a meeting with the agitators but it failed. Baishaya was told that the agitation was necessary to send the message to Dispur and Delhi so that funds could be released for the renovation of the road.

Mazdoor Union meeting held at Silchar

SILCHAR, Oct 26: The Silchar Mazdoor Union, a labourers’ union of NF Railway Silchar division, organized its 22nd annual meeting yesterday in Silchar. Financial implications of the sixth pay commission and the problems barring its implementation were discussed as the core theme in the meeting.

According to sources, the railway management differed with the opinion of the Union members’ view towards the implication of the sixth pay commission as the management is reportedly trying to implement the commission’s implications internally by reducing the existing man power potential. According to reports, many group C and D workers are supposed to be vacated from the job.

The Mazdoor Union, on the other hand, opined to strengthen the service sector in its operational, track maintenance and commercial aspects. The Union emphasized the role of apt man power management for assuring financial augmentation and implementation of the pay commission scheme.

YAM stages dharna demanding arrest of murderers

SILCHAR, Oct 26: Nearly 125 volunteers of the newly formed Yuva Aikya Mancha (YAM) today staged a dharna in front of Lala Police Station demanding immediate arrest of the culprits involved in the sensational Janmejoy Das (Raju) murder case. Raju, (20), son of Dr Jayanta Das, went missing on September 18 under mysterious circumstances and later on his body was found abandoned in a deserted place near Khleriate in Meghalaya.

According to sources, the police has been dilly-dallying in solving the murder mystery after that. Meanwhile, Hailakandi Police Circle Inspector SK Das reportedly said that they had almost solved the murder mystery and the culprits would be booked within a few days.

The sources also said that Raju was running a shop at Mandhira Market in Lala town which dealt in mobile phone accessories.

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