|AASU members protest outside the office of the deputy commissioner in Golaghat. Telegraph picture
Borjhar, Sept. 12: The Rangia Anchalik Students’ Union and the All Assam Students’ Union (AASU)’s unit of Rangia College today protested against non-repair of damaged roads under the PWD subdivision office at Rangiya in Kamrup district, 54km from Guwahati.
Hundreds of students blocked the stretch of road near the PWD subdivision office for an hour. The protesters comprised students of Girls’ HS School, Railway High School, Arimatta High School and High Madrasa School.
The protesters also demanded early completion of the concrete bridge over College Road and construction of a canal to prevent waterlogging near the SBI branch office.
“Patients are taken to Rangiya civil hospital via the road. So the route is vital. As of now, patients are facing a lot of inconvenience because of the dilapidated road,” Rangia Anchalik Students’ Union president Hemanta Das said.
Poll code agitation: Activists of the Golaghat unit of AASU today gheraoed the office of the deputy commissioner to protest alleged violation of the Lyngdoh Commission report on electoral reforms in university and college students’ union elections by Debraj Roy College in its ensuing students’ union election.
The AASU also alleged that the college authority was safeguarding a student, an accused in more than one criminal cases, who is contesting for the general secretary’s post.
The AASU’s Golaghat unit president, Madhurjya Goswami, said on September 5, the date fixed for scrutiny of nomination papers, Manoshi Goswami, a member of the students’ union, raised objection before returning officer Paban Baruah regarding Basanta Bora, as he was not qualified to file nomination papers since he was an accused in two criminal cases, with a charge-sheet filed in one of them.
Madhurjya alleged that despite objections, the returning officer did not pay heed to the complaint and declared the nomination paper of Basanta as valid, violating clause 6.1.8 of the Lyngdoh Commission report.
The AASU has submitted a memorandum to the deputy commissioner with copies to the principal of Debraj Roy College, director of National Assessment and Accreditation Council, vice-chancellor of Dibrugarh University and director of public instructions, demanding cancellation of Bora’s nomination papers and to ensure proper implementation of the Commission’s guidelines in the college election.
The principal of Debraj Roy College, Putul Saikia, told The Telegraph that all the allegations of violation of Lyngdoh Commission guidelines were baseless as no trial had begun against the candidate. He also expressed his resolve to hold the election on the schedule date.
Members of the AASU’s Debraj Roy College unit have been on a hunger strike since yesterday.