Normal road service came to a grinding halt for several hours in Raha when thousands of people blocked the National Highway for not allowing to set up AIIMS in central Assam.
With banners and festoons in their hands demanding AIIMS, thousands of people started pouring on the highway forcing many buses and other vehicles to remain stranded for more than five hours.
Talking to Assam Times the protestors said, “We have been demanding AIIMS in Nagaon district. We were promised. But we have not understood how Dispur finally allowed it to be set up in North Guwahati.”
Another protestor said,” Nagaon district is a victim of political conspiracy where the proposed AIIMS was not allowed. The district has a huge plot of 650 bighas for the hospital.
“ The district authority has already allotted the plot. But ultimately the government on Saturday announced the AIIMS at Amingaon which we won’t allow.”
The protestors made it clear that they will move New Delhi to shift the AIIMS to Nagaon at any cost.
The massive protest took place a day after MP Rajen Gohain alleged that chief minister Tarun Gogoi did not allow the AIIMS in central Assam only because of his son Gaurav Gogoi who has been dead opposed to the idea.