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Widespread protests over Indo-Bangla land swap deal
STAFF correspondent
 DIBRUGARH, Sept 7 – The land deal signed between India and Bangladesh has sparked widespread resentment across the State, with political parties, student bodies and other organisations resorting to street protests to vent their anger.

In Dibrugarh, the BJP burnt effigies of the Prime Minister Manmohan Singh as well as Chief Minister Tarun Gogoi near its office at Amolapatty this afternoon in protest against the land swap deal. Led by MLA Prasanta Phukan, the party workers slammed the Prime Minister and the Chief Minister in strong terms for ceding Assam’s land.

Durniti Birudhi Jana Mancha also reacted strongly against the deal and burnt effigies of the PM and the Chief Minister near the Sadar Police Station here.

Our Correspondents add:

Tinsukia: The Tinsukia district committee of BJP also burnt the effigies of the Prime Minister and the Chief Minister of Assam at Thana Chariali (Zero Point) today terming the land handover as a shameless and cowardly act. It also said the Chief Minister has betrayed the people of Assam, and the BJP, for the sake of Assam and its people, would continue to protest this act.

The Tinsukia district unit of Asam Jatyatabadi Yuba Chatra Parishad (AJYCP) observed Black Day and burnt effigies of the Chief Minister. They alleged that even as the Pachimbanga Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee has refused to sign any pact that goes against the interest of her State, the Chief Minister of Assam has gone ahead to sign it. The spokesperson of the committee stated that Dr Manmohan Singh became the Prime Minister by representing Assam but he has no love or sympathy for the people of Assam. He stated that if Gogoi has so much love for the people of Bangladesh then he and members of his cabinet should go to Bangladesh and live there.

The AJYCP would continue to stage protests till the pact is withdrawn by the Centre, it said.

The Tinsukia district unit of AASU also burnt effigies of the Assam Chief Minister and the Prime Minister at Thana Chariali. The president of the district unit Rishi Chetri stated that Chief Minister Gogoi has insulted the martyrs of the Assam Agitation by signing the pact. The Assam Agitation was against the influx of Bangladeshis and now the Chief Minister, by handing over land to Bangladesh, has hurt the sentiments of the people of Assam.

Jorhat: The district committee of AASU is going to conduct a mass agitation programme at Jorhat on September 13 in protest against the governments’ inability to solve various problems plaguing the State.

Revealing this at a press conference held at Press Club of Jorhat today, Biren Saikia, president of AASU, Jorhat district committee, vehemently criticized the governments in Delhi and Dispur over the land swap deal. He said that the governments, by doing this, have dishonoured the sacrifices of the 855 martyrs in the Assam Agitation. As many as 19 people from Jorhat alone had died fighting against the inclusion of foreigners’ names in the voters list, he pointed out.

Earlier, the orgnisation burnt and hanged effigies of Prime Minister Dr Manmohan Singh and Chief Minister Tarun Gogoi.

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