Anti-dam movement resumes force in Assam


By- Correspondent | Date- December 1, 2011

After a period of silence, anti-dam protests once again erupted in Northern Assam yesterday with clashes taking place at various places between the Police forces and anti-dam protestors. The government, despite stiff protest by various democratic groups and organisations deployed police and paramilitary forces along the National Highway (NH) 52 to ensure the safe transportation of turbines to the Lower Subansiri Hydroelectric Power Project site.

Suspecting a truck to be carrying turbines to the dam site, activists tried to stop the truck at various places like Sootea, Biswanath Chariali, Behali, Gohpur and Dholpur. In order to disperse agitating people, the police even resorted to firing and lathi charge, injuring several protestors. The protestors included agitating local public, members of All Assam Students Union (AASU), Asom Jatiyotabadi Yuba Chatra Parishad (AJYCP), Takam Mising Porin Kebang (TMPK) and the Krishak Mukti Sangram Samiti (KMSS).

All the agitating organisations KMSS, AASU and AJYCP has made it clear to the authorities that they would not allow passage of any materials for construction of the dam.

It is to be mentioned that the continuous agitation programmes against the construction of mega dam have been reported to have created major losses to the National Hydroelectric Power Corporation (NHPC) and NHPC has repeatedly sought the intervention of the administration regarding the same.

Led by Akhil Gogoi the Krishak Mukti Sangram Samiti (KMSS), Takam Mising Porin Kebang (TMPK), AJYCP and AASU had been leading strong rallies across the state protesting the construction of the mega dams at lower Subansiri. The strikes and protests have been supported by majority of organizations including citizen forums and even insurgent group United Liberation Front of Asom (ULFA).

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