Silchar, Feb 27: Mrinal Hazarika of the 28 battalion of the ULFA, which had laid down arms, and Dilip Nunisa of the pro-talk faction of the DHD made a scathing attack on the government for dilly-dallying the implementation of the Silchar-Lumding Broad Gauge project. The surrendered militants of both the ULFA and DHD (Nunisa) cried together for speedy implementation of the BG project during a convocation organized by the All Cachar Karimganj Hailakandi Students’ Association (ACKHSA) and All Bodo Students’ Union (ABSU) on Friday.
Nunisa, while addressing the meet, said the broadgauge work was slow even at places where there were no militant activities. He also alleged that the newly constructed bridge meant for the BG near Jatinga had already collapsed before any train moved over it. Hazarika, on the other hand, said Barak Valley is a part of Assam and it is the duty of all political and non-political organizations to initiate a joint movement for the speedy completion of the BG project.
Former president of Barak Upatyaka Banga Sahitya O Samskritik Sammelon Prof Subir Kar, in his speech as the chief guest, lambasted the intellectuals of Barak Valley saying they were afraid of the police and hence do not openly claim their demands.
Others who spoke on the occasion included former CPI-M MLA Dipak Bhattacharjee, ACKHSA president Rupam Nandi Purkayastha and ADSU president Prafulla Hafila. THE SENTINEL