LAKHIMPUR: Strongly protesting against the contentious Citizenship (Amendment) Act (CAA), 2019, the Dhemaji district unit of All Assam Students’ Union (AASU) declared month-long stir against the Act. As a part of the stir, the organization initiated a 30- hour long hunger strike at Dhemaji Kachari Maidan.
The agitation programme began with the lighting of earthen lamps in front of the portrait of Mahatma Gandhi by the retired Principal of Dhemaji College, Dr. Buddhindra Baruah, former student leader Krishna Prashad Burhagohain and Naren Konwar at 8 am on Saturday. Hundreds of activists of the organization along with common people from different parts of the district took part in the protest programme.
AASU State vice-president Chitta Ranjan Basumatary, executive member Manturaj Baruah, Dhemaji AASU president Dipak Sarmah, general secretary Kalyan Gogoi, former president of Dhemaji District Journalist Association, Umesh Khandelia and a good number of noted personalities of the district took part in the hunger strike. A throng of people from different parts of the district extended their support to the protest programme. The hunger strike concluded at 2 pm on Sunday.
On the other hand, Dhemaji AASU will launch campaign against the Act by visiting door to door in the rural areas in the next 30 days as per the decision taken in an organizational meeting held on February 16 at Swahid Udyan. Thus, they must garner public opinion against the Act. Each and every regional unit of the organization will hold anti-CAA meetings with the public on March 1. Massive bike rallies opposing the Act and demanding the scrapping of the same will be initiated on March 3 and March 4.
On March 6, the organization will organize ‘Sankalpa Samaroh’ at Chilapathar against the Act and communal elements. A riotous mob, led by Subodh Biswash, took out a rally in demand of granting citizenship to the illegal Bangladeshi Hindus. The mob had vandalized the Chilapathar regional AASU office, Swahid Bedi, pulled down the statues of Dr. Bhupen Hazarika, Jyoti Prashad Agarwala, Bishnu Prashad Rabha and trampled the gamosa on this very day in 2017.