GOLAGHAT: Normal life remained totally paralyzed on Thursday under the impact of a day long bandh call by a tea garden student organization demanding death sentence of two tea garden owners who shot at six workers for demanding wages.
Roads in the tea rich district remained deserted as vehicles refused to play after the organizers enforced the bandh. Shops and markets, schools and colleges, offices and banks remained closed for the day.
Bandh supporters in many places blocked the National Highway for several hours causing immense inconvenience for the passengers.
A huge traffic snarl disrupted surface communication on the National Highway No 37 in Bokakhat where more than 5000 tea garden workers blocked the vital road demanding capital punishment for the tea garden owners.
All is not well with Assam BJP if the scheme of things within the party are any indication. If these are allowed to continue, the party will have to pay heavy price in the assembly polls early next year. This was what BJP’s internal note available with the central leadership.
According to reliable sources, the party is still not prepared to take on Congress in the assembly polls. The internal inputs find lack of comfortable cooperation among the party leaders. The confidential report further outlines lack of media management and connection with grass root level workers.
The party’s central leadership is expected to study the report and is likely to act accordingly. The state is all set to go to the polls by March-end. The report was prepared when party president Amit Singh was on a two days visit to the north eastern region.
The Saturday (29 April) evening OPD clinic at Guwahati Press Club was conducted by the city based Dispur Hospitals. Dr Udayan Saikia from the healthcare institution offered free consultations to over 30 participants, where they also got the opportunity to check their weight, sugar and blood pressure. Healthworkers Sonmani Dutta (nurse) and Biswajit Das (technician) assisted the physician to conduct the camp.
The next camp under the ‘Evening with a Doctor’ series on 6 May will be graced by Apollo Chennai Hospital’s senior gynecologist Dr A Vinutha. Open for lady members of the press club along with the spouses (also daughters) of media persons, the camp will begin at 4 pm and continue till 6 pm at the press club premises.
People of Kalaigaon including senior citizens, students, teachers and members of various social organisations staged demonstration in front of the main gate of Kalaigaon College on August 7 demanding immediate action against Arabinda Das,principal,Kalaigaon College for his immoral activities. Members and officials of All Bodo Women Federation (ABWF), AASU, ABSU, AJYCP, ARSU etc along with senior citizens of Kalaigaon assembled at the main college gate at 8 am to demand stringent action against the principal of Kalaigaon College who was caught in a compromising position with a minor girl student in his residence on the night of August 3 by his wife and daughters.
According to information,the agitation will continue till disciplinary action is not taken against the accused principal. Thousands of students of the college wore black badges to show support to the agitators. A public meeting was also held at the site which decided to continue the agitation without effecting normal teaching in the college. Social workers Kami Ram Saharia, Kamal Prasad Sarma (Mouzadar), Bakul Sarkar, Dandi Kumar Bodo and others strongly condemned immoral acts of the principal and requested government immediately to suspend Arabinda Das till found not guilty by appropriate authority. It is known that the matter will be referred to Secretary and Director of Education,BTC; Deputy Commissioner and Inspector of Schools,Udalguri district. In the mean time Dipen Bodo, Advisor of Udalguri district ABSU told media that they would probe the incident of their own. It needs mention that wife of the principal had filed an FIR at Kalaigaon police station on August 4 alleging mental torture,domestic violence against her husband. She and her two daughters told media persons that her husband had been torturing them for last twenty three years and had illegal affairs with other women and girls. Following the allegation, police had brought the principal to Kalaigaon police station for interrogation but released without proper investigation causing public uproar in the district.