Taranga Barta News Desk: The 12-hour long strike called by HPC Paper Mill Revival Committee today hit the normal life in Assam’s Barak Valley. The organizers called it a success.
This morning, the picketers and supporters of the cause hit the National Highway with slogans and placards. The passing of vehicles along the roads of Cachar & Hailakandi districts got severely affected. The bandh supporters acted to stop the trains, however, the District Administration deployed cops to tackle the situations resulting no problem with the movement of trains. A large number of picketers were arrested along with Member of Legislative Assembly Nijam Uddin Choudhury.
Similar Chaka bandh was also observed at Silchar town plunging the outskirts of Srikona, Kalain, Gumra etc. As the National Highway was fully closed, at Kalain, the gateway of Barak Valley, night buses returning from Guwahati and other transportation lorries were halted. Passengers coming from Guwahati faced hard time reaching Badarpur, Karimganj, and Silchar. After 3 pm the halts and blocks became reluctant in almost all areas.
Barak’s only heavy industry counter Cachar Paper Mill run by Public Sector Undertaking Hindustan Paper Mill is closed and not being restarted from decades. A series of protests had already been sported to attract the attention of Government but in vain. It’s reported that few employees have committed suicides. PM Modi before the Parliamentary election was committed for the revival of the mill; however common people think now that it was another *’Jumla’.* It’s sad when Government can invest thousands of crores but can’t work to resume closed mills like this where thousands of families are connected for their bread and butter, makes people upset and as a result, today’s bandh showed the distress inside the common people’s mind.