| The trucks on fire near Hoibargaon railway station in Nagaon on Saturday night. Picture by UB Photos |
Nagaon, April 27: Eight youths were today arrested on charges of setting ablaze four trucks at Hoiborgaon railway station in Nagaon district of Assam last night to protest damage caused to roads by trucks carrying heavy loads of FCI commodities.
According to the police, the eight, accompanied by hundred others, attacked the trucks used to unload the FCI’s rice from a goods train bogie.
“They came in a mob and demanded repair of the connecting road as, according to them, FCI vehicles damaged the road,” said Hoiborgaon outpost in-charge Khorgeswar Bordoloi. The site, in the heart of Nagaon town, is known for routine traffic congestion.
Altercation with truck drivers took a turn for the worst and the mob torched four vehicles inside the station around 10.45pm.
A high-level team of Nagaon police, led by additional superintendent of police (headquarters) Hitesh Rai, reached the site and tried to bring the situation under control. The police later fired rubber bullets to disperse the mob.
“People here have to face a lot of traffic congestion as the FCI starts lifting goods from bogies and sends it to their godown. But the local administration has failed to make an alternative road arrangement for the Hoiborgaon residents,” said Ritumoni Hazarika, a resident of Lakhinagar.
Bordoloi today said all the eight persons were arrested based on specific information and after interrogation they were produced in a court that remanded them in judicial custody. Nagaon deputy commissioner P. Ashok Babu said the administration would soon call a meeting with representatives of road transport association, the public, FCI and the local police.