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AASU, ABSU express concern over bandh call during ongoing exams

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KOKRAJHAR, Feb 27: The All Assam Students’ Union (AASU) and the All Bodo Students’ Union (ABSU) on Monday expressed grave concern over the indefinite bandh call given by the All BTC Bengali Youth Students’ Federation (ABTCBSYF) in protest against the kidpping of a trader by unknown miscreants from Bhabanipur near Kokrajhar recently. The bandh entered the third day today.

Initially, the BTC Bengali Youth Students’ Federation called a12-hour Kokrajhar district bandh on February 25 but it is continuing till today, hitting normal life and especially the students who are appearing in the HSLC and HS fil examition. Most of the guardians expressed resentment at the student body for not sparing the students appearing in the examitions and said the student body should withdraw the bandh for the greater interest of the students or they should take up another protest programme which would not hamper the students going to their examition centres.

Secretary of the AASU, bajyoti Ray, while talking to media persons in Kokrajhar, lamented the bandh call given by the ABTCBSYF during the ongoing examition. He said the indefinite bandh, especially during the ongoing HSLC and HS exams, was not only unfortute but also worthy of criticism. He said that calling bandh was not the right way to express their protest. He called upon the BTC Bengali Students’ Youth Federation to withdraw the bandh for the interest of the students.

General secretary of the ABSU, Lawrence Islary who was returning from the PWD guest house, Kaziranga, after the handing and taking over of charge to the new executive body, said the indefinite bandh call given by the ABTCBSYF was unfortute as HSLC and HS fil examitions were going on. He also said that the kidpping of a trader in Kokrajhar was condemble. “I urge the district administration to b the culprits involved in the kidpping case immediately and also appeal to the kidppers to release the trader on humanitarian ground,” he said and added that the student body should think about the interest of the students and could opt for another mode of agitation.

Unknown miscreants in two motorbikes picked up a businessman Ranjit Dutta from Bhabanipur, Kokrajhar recently. No clue has been found till date and no organization has claimed the responsibility.

On the other hand, Kokrajhar Deputy Commissioner Bibekanda Choudhury has also appealed to the BTC Bengali Students’ Youth Federation to call off the bandh for the interest of students as the HSLC and HS fil examitions were going on. He also said the district administration was trying to find the culprits.

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