Land to Bangla, Turbines to dam site, ULFA camps attacked – Assam in high sensitive situation

Akhil Gogoi

By- Correspondent | Date- September 11, 2011

First it was the land swap deal where Assam land was given away to Bangladesh to evoke anger and protest across the state. Now the movement of the turbines in ships across the Brahmaputra to the Dam site in Gerukamukh, which has been long protested by several organizations including the All Assam Students Union (AASU) and Krishak Mukti Sangram Samiti (KMSS). In addition, the several media reports and news about ULFA rebels attacked in Myanmar by Burmese army where ULFA supremo C-in-C Paresh Baruah is stated to be injured in gunfight! It’s all happening in Assam at the same time and law and order situation looks grim, with sensitivities, emotions and adrenaline running high across the state.

About the movement of the turbines, in spite of stiff opposition by the All Assam Students Union (AASU) and the Krishak Mukti Sangram Samiti (KMSS), the National Hydroelectric Power Corporation (NHPC), has started ferrying the turbines of the project to the Gerukamukh site of the 2000-MW Lower Subansiri Hydroelectric Power Project (LSHEP).The turbines were earlier taken back to Dhubri from Tezpur due to huge resistance by the people of the State under the banners of the AASU and KMSS. Both AASU and KMSS has have already launched protests and agitations across the state against the turbine movement and demanded immediate stop to the progress of the ships carrying the turbines across the Brahmaputra. In fact at Jamuguri Rail Station, the police opened fire on the protestors and one KMSS activist Moon Medhi sustained bullet injuries in his left leg. Several others sustained injuries as a result of the police actions to disperse the protestors. KMSS has condemned the police actions as barbaric. Akhil Gogoi, general secretary of KMSS has declared that they would not hesitate to sacrifice lives in hundreds but would not allow the mega dam construction to happen.

In parallel, hundreds of students and supporters of All Assam Students Union (AASU) staged blockades on national highways in different parts of the State in protest against the handing over of Assam land to Bangladesh as part of a land swap treaty between the two neighboring countries. AASU has vowed to intensify their agitation in coming days and to “fight” till the agreement is put on hold so that Assam does not lose its land. The state Government is, on the other hand, trying to showcase it is a good agreement and that the land swap agreement has worked in favour of Assam.

Chief Minister of Assam, has however gone yesterday on a official tour to a two country visit in Europe, namely Spain and Belgium, in spite of the sensitive and alarming situation in the state, which is in the state of boiling over and create law and order problems.

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