GUWAHATI, Nov 5 - Youth Congress workers today staged a dharna outside the office of Asom Sarba Siksha Abhiyan Mission, Kahilipara, in protest against the government’s decision to entrust responsibility to serve mid-day meals at schools to non-governmental organisations (NGOs).
Over 400 Youth Congress workers took part in the protest. A scuffle broke out between the agitators and the police personnel present at the protest venue.
The protestors were taken into custody but later released. Youth Congress activists alleged that the police manhandled many of them, including women, while trying to remove the protestors from the spot.
Some women agitators alleged that male police personnel misbehaved with them. Assam Pradesh Youth Congress general secretary Suman Kalyan Bora told this newspaper that the agitation against the government’s decision would be intensified in the coming days.
Similar protests would be held across various districts of Assam in the coming days, he added.