Dhubri, Oct. 1: Activists of Bilasipara sub-divisional unit of AASU staged a road blockade in Bilasipara town on JP Road in front of the student union’s office demanding opening of schools within 48 hours from today.
The sub-divisional adviser to AASU, Zakir Hussain, alleged that because of sheltering the riot-affected people in 83 schools of the sub-division, classes could not be held and it had already impacted the students’ academic session.
“We have given the sub-divisional administration 48 hours’ time to vacate the schools by sending the inmates wherever they wish to go. Then we will resume classes. If the administration fails to do so, we will launch a vigorous movement to assert our demand,” Hussain said.
Dhubri district units of AASU and the Asom Jatiyatabadi Yuba Chatra Parishad (AJYCP) demanded immediate opening of schools housing the riot-hit people in the district.
The organisations demand the camp inmates be shifted to Kokrajhar district of the Bodoland Territorial Areas District (BTAD) and arrangement of temporary relief camps there.
The organisations also alleged that most of the students attending classes in temporary sheds erected by school authorities and the education department had already protested against unhygienic condition on the premises of the schools in the district.
Talking to this correspondent, president of the Dhubri district unit of AASU Jagadish Chandra Roy demanded opening of the schools and resumption of classes where the inmates are taking shelter.
“It is a matter of grave concern that for the last three months, regular classes could not be held in over 170 schools in the district resulting in loss of an academic year for over 60,000 students including those in the camps,” Roy added.
Roy said the meeting held with various organisations, prominent citizens and academicians had expressed deep concern over imminent loss of an academic session.
A source in the Dhubri district elementary education office claimed that alternative arrangements for running the classes had been made for all the 179 schools and classes were being held.