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Plea for traders’ security

Dhubri, July 24: The South Salmara-Mancachar unit of the All-Assam Minorites Students Union today staged a sit-in in front of South Salmara-Mancachar sub-divisional office today, demanding fulfilment of its demands.

The students’ union is demanding security for the traders and people in general who frequently visit the Garo hills districts in Meghalaya and compensation to the families of the three victims who were killed in police firing during the panchayat polls last year. It said because of abduction, extortion and killing of traders from Dhubri and Goalpara districts, they were unable to venture into the Garo hills districts.

The president of the unit, Tamizur Rahman Sarkar, said the Garo hills district civil and police administration had turned a deaf ear to their pleas for security. “In the last five months, 17 incidents of abduction, extortion and killing took place in Garo hills but none of the culprits involved have been arrested. The people have lost faith and most of the traders have stopped visiting Garo hills for business,” Sarkar alleged.

The union also demanded that Hatsingimari civil hospital be made fully functional with doctors and paramedical staff, the setting up of a post-mortem room and measures against erosion.

A delegation of the Mancachar Nagarik Suraksha Samiti of the district left for Guwahati today to meet Assam director-general of police Khagen Sarma, seeking his intervention to bring the situation in Garo hills under control, the source said.

A senior police official of Dhubri said they had taken up the matter with the Garo hills district administrations and sought their co-operation to stop the incidents.