By our Staff Reporter
GUWAHATI, Aug 14: As part of the statewide protests against non-implementation of Assam Accord, activists of the All Assam Students Union (AASU) took out a protest rally in the city, with more than 1,000 students and citizens, marching through the streets from Swahid Nyas taking the route of Ujan Bazaar via Lamb Road-Ambari-District Library-Handique Girls’ College-Gauhati High Court-Latasil playground and back to the Swahid Nyas. Holding banners and placards, the activists shouted slogans like “Seal Assam-Bangla Border”, “Update NRC”, “Protect land rights of indigenous people” amongst others. The activists also demanded that no illegal immigrants should be given shelter in Assam in the name of rehabilitation. The rally was participated by several prominent AASU leaders, including AASU president Shankar Prasad Rai, General Secretary Tapan Kumar Gogoi and AASU advisor Dr Samujjal Kumar Bhattacharya. Speaking to mediapersons, Bhattacharya said, “The Assam agitation is the largest mass movement in India after the Indian freedom movement. The Assam Accord was the culmination of the six years long struggle of the people of the State. However, it is unfortunate that the State and the Centre has failed to implement the Accord even after 27 years of its signing.” On the other hand, AASU president Shankar Prasad Rai said, “The Prime Minister should announce a specific time for implementation of the Accord while hoisting the National flag in the Red Fort on August, 15.