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India-Bangladesh land deal sparks major protests in Assam

Jorhat , Tue, 13 Sep 2011 ANI

Jorhat, Sep 13 (ANI): The All Assam Student Union (AASU) staged a protest here on Tuesday against the land deal made by the Central Government with Bangladesh.


During the recent visit made by Prime Minister Dr. Manmohan Singh to Dhaka, both sides entered into a protocol to the agreement concerning the demarcation of the land boundary between the two sides and related matters.


The agreement affirmed that the Indian state would part with over 600 acres of land, presently in Dhubri and Hailakandi regions of Assam to Bangladesh.


However, the decision has earned the ire of the locals who have been fuming over the decision.


"We cannot tolerate and accept to hand over Assam land to Bangladesh. So from here, from Jorhat, we like pass this strong message to the Prime Minister of the country and the chief minister of the state, no Assam land to Bangladesh," said Samujjal Bhattacharya, the advisor of All Assam Student Union.


"And Prime Minister and Chief Minister are betrayers. We are rejecting their move and we cannot accept to hand over Assam land to Bangladesh," he added.


Bhattacharya further criticized the Centre for not exerting sufficient pressure on Dhaka to take measures about the illegal Bangladeshi immigrants presently living in enclaves in India.


"We are now with India. And again now, they are trying to hand over Assam land to Bangladesh. How we can accept? They are trying to hand over Assam land to Bangladesh. How we can accept? And there was a six years long peaceful movement against illegal Bangladeshis and during that movement, more than 855 people have sacrificed their lives, they became martyrs, thousands became physically handicapped. It was a mass non-violent movement," said Bhattacharya.


"But in this summit, there was not a single clause to accept the illegal Bangladeshis by Bangladesh government. Why Assam chief minister and Prime Minister of the country have failed to put pressure on the Bangladesh government," he added. (ANI)


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