| AASU and AJYCP activists take out the rally in Dhubri on Saturday. Picture by Bijoy Kr Sharma |
Dhubri, Oct. 13: The slogans were loud and clear. The numbers large enough to fill the air with nostalgia of the tumultuous 80s. The pointed agenda of deportation of illegal migrants from Assam echoed in the streets of Dhubri at the rally led by AASU and AJYCP.
The drift from the 80s was the participation of people from all caste, creed and religions.
Activists and representatives of various organisations, including Dhubri district units of All-Koch Rajbongshi Students Union, Asam Sahitya Sabha, Asom Mukti Jujaru Sanmelani, Patanjali Yogpith, Asomiya (Asom-Miya) Parishad and various other local organisations and clubs participated in the rally.
The rallyist started from Srimanta Sankardev Sishu Udayan field of the town and marched through AC Das Gupta Road, Guru Teg Bahadur Road, AK Azad Road, Dhanpatty, Durga Das Road and Netaji Subhas Road before culminating the rally at the Udayan.
Besides deportation of foreigners staying illegally in Assam, the organisations demanded re-opening of all schools and colleges currently housing the riot-hit people of the BTAD in Dhubri district, rehabilitation of the riot-hit in the BTAD itself, update of the National Register of Citizens (NRC) and sealing of the Indo-Bangladesh border.
Talking to The Telegraph, Jagadish Chandra Roy, president of All Assam Students Union (AASU)’s Dhubri district unit, expressed deep resentment over the non-implementation of Assam Accord even 27 years after it was signed. “It is ironic that students are up against foreigners for the past 33 years. It is the prime duty and responsibility of our Union and state governments to detect and deport them. We are not going to sit idle, whatever the situation might be and will continue the movement till the last foreigner remains in Assam,” he said.
The Dhubri unit president of Asom Jatiyatabadi Yuba Chatra Parishad (AJYCP), Alok Bardhan, said it was a matter of great concern that there had been no regular classes in over 170 schools in the district for the past three months, resulting in the loss of an academic year for over 60,000 students, including those in relief camps.
“The camp inmates should be shifted to Kokrajhar immediately and arrangements should be made to shelter them in temporary relief camps there as Dhubri is overburdened with population,” Bardhan said.