GUWAHATI, Feb 16 - Many areas of the city wore a deserted look today as shopkeepers kept their shutters down in protest against the Pulwama terror attack and also as a mark of respect for the martyred CRPF men.
Tribute-paying programmes and candlelight marches were held in different localities of the city, where slogans against terrorism and Pakistan were raised.
“We strongly condemn the cowardly act. Today, we pray for those brave securitymen who sacrificed their lives. In the fight against terrorism, we are always with the government and ready to send our youths to the battlefield if required,” said Nekib Emam Saikia, chief convenor of the Guwahati Samaj Kalyan Samiti.
The Samiti in collaboration with the public of Lakhtokia, Fancy Bazar and Pan Bazar areas today carried out a rally in protest against the incident in the central part of the city, where as part of the protest most of the trade entities of Fancy Bazar, Lakhtokia and Panbazar remained closed for the day.
The Asom Jatiyatabadi Yuva Chatra Parishad (AJYCP) organised programmes to pay tribute to the martyred CRPF men at Narengi and Beltola, where hundreds of people took part. The AJYCP members also burned an effigy of Pakistani Prime Minister Imran Khan and that country’s flag as part of the protest.
The Bengali Samaj of Guwahati took out a candlelight rally this evening at Odalbakra for eternal peace of the souls of the slain security personnel where around 70 locals took part.
Along with other parts of the city, in Ganeshguri, Hatigaon and Sijubari areas also most of the business entities remained closed for the day. At Sijubari the Sadou Asom Garia Maria Deshi Jatiya Parishad took out a protest procession. At Silpukhuri, the local shopkeepers’ association organised a tribute-paying programme and kept their shops closed for the day.
The Guwahati Division of Life Insurance Corporation of India (LICI) expressed profound grief at the loss of lives of the CRPF personnel in the terror attack, stated a press release. Meanwhile, the Rangia branch of LICI has settled the death claim benefits of two policies of Maneswar Basumatari.