100-hr blockade in Dibrugarh

Members of the Jatiya Janagosthiyo Oikya Mancha burn tyres in Dibrugarh on Tuesday. Picture by Avik Chakraborty

Dibrugarh: The Jatiya Janagosthiyo Oikya Mancha, an umbrella organisation of several groups, launched a hundred-hour economic blockade against the Citizenship (Amendment) Bill, 2016, in Dibrugarh district from 5am on Tuesday.

Manch members burnt tyres and blocked the Lahowal-Dibrugarh road for hours, disrupting traffic.

The blockade will affect the plying of Oil India Limited tankers and Coal India Limited trucks, many of which were stopped on the Dibrugarh-Lahowal road on Tuesday.

Hundreds of trucks and tankers ply on the road everyday.

Deep Dowerah, a member of the Mancha, said they had earlier launched a rail blockade in Chabua in support of their demand to scrap the bill but it failed draw the Centre's attention. "So, we decided to launch an economic blockade in Dibrugarh because most coal-laden trucks and oil tankers ply through the district. We are against the bill because it will jeopardise the future of the indigenous people. It is against the people of Assam."

"Movement of vehicles to oil installations and drilling sites has been completely blocked, affecting transportation of oil, coal and tea. If the Centre does not pay heed to our demand, the situation will worsen," another member of the Mancha warned.

The Sadou Asom Muttock Yuba Chatra Sanmilan burnt effigies of chief minister Sarbananda Sonowal and Prime Minister Narendra Modi while the Dhubri district unit of the Asom Yuva Parishad took out a rally in protest against the bill.


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