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Dhemaji, Arunachal Pradesh facing severe fuel crisis
Correspondent
 DHEMAJI, Dec 15 - Dhemaji district and parts of East Siang and Lower Siang districts of bordering Arunachal Pradesh are witnessing severe fuel crisis as regular supply to fuel depots at Gogamukh, Dhemaji, Silapathar and Simenchapori has been disrupted due to the continuous protests against the Citizenship Amendment Act (CAA)-2019 throughout Dhemaji and Lakhimpur districts.

 Oil depots in Dhemaji district are running out of stock due to lack of refilling, causing innumerable problems to vehicle owners.

It is reported that some unscrupulous traders taking advantage of the adverse situation, have set up a black market thereby selling petrol and diesel at soaring prices. Petrol is being sold at Rs 250 to Rs 300 per litre at different parts of Jonai and Silapathar area under the district.

The people of Jonai subdivision in easternmost Dhemaji depend upon depots in Arunachal Pradesh for fuel as there are no oil depots in the vast area.

It is reported that some oil tankers carrying fuel to Dhemaji and Arunachal Pradesh depots were stranded at different parts of the State due to the ongoing agitation.

As the situation has improved, the district administration has taken steps for the safe passage of the stranded oil tankers to the district. It has deployed security personnel to escort oil tankers plying towards Dhemaji and assured that fuel would be available in the depots from tomorrow.

On the other hand, mass people protest against CAA continued in Dhemaji district for the sixth consecutive day as the local people irrespective of caste and religion come out on the streets and staged peaceful movement against the citizenship act.

The protesters are taking up different ways of protests to sensitise the common people against the contentious Act even after night curfew has been clamped in the district. The protesters have vehemently opposed the Act and affirmed that indigenous people of Assam do not accept it under any cost.

The protesters during the protest marches shouted slogans against the BJP-led Central government for forcefully enforcing Citizenship Amendment Act (CAA)-2019. They sharply criticised State Chief Minister Sarbananda Sonowal and Minister Himanta Biswa Sarma for supporting the act, which they term as “extremely harmful” for the indigenous Assamese community.

Following an appeal from the intellectuals, protesters are going on peaceful protests avoiding any violence or vandalism.

Observing public inconvenience and fuel crisis in the area, the protesters have lifted road block along the National Highway, but taken the decision to continue their agitation against the citizenship act.

The All Assam Students’ Union, Asom Jatiyatabadi Yuva Chatra Parishad, Krishak Mukti Sangram Samiti and others have pledged to continue their movement with ‘do and die’ motive until the Central government reverses its decision or excludes Assam from the purview of the Citizenship Act.

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