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Assam truck plea to states

Guwahati, Nov. 27: The Assam government has requested its Bihar and Bengal counterparts to ensure normal movement of trucks carrying essential commodities to the state to help bring back normality, reports our correspondent.

Expressing concern over the Bihar Motor Transport Federationís decision to block movement of trucks bound for Assam, state chief secretary J.P. Rajkhowa requested his Bihar counterpart K.A.H. Subramaniam to take steps to prevent any disruption as it might cause repercussions.

Rajkhowa has also requested Bengal chief secretary S.. Rai to deal sternly with the proposed threat by mazdoor unions and the federation of mazdoor unions of Bengal to stop the movement of trucks on the ground of alleged attack on truck drivers by miscreants.

He said the government had made security arrangements at both the entry points of Srirampur and Chagalia checkgates in Kokrajhar and Dhubri districts respectively.

Strict instructions have been issued to provide armed police escort to trucks moving in all the districts of Assam to ensure safe passage and full protection to truck drivers and other operators.

The government has also given necessary security cover to labourers working in brick kilns all over the state, he added.

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