Siliguri: The protest against the non-inclusion of 40-lakh people, mostly Bengalis, in the draft National Register of Citizens (NRC) in Assam is gradually spreading to all over Bengal.
After the rail blockades in south Bengal on 1 and 2 August, north Bengal today witnessed the blockade on a highway that connects Assam to the rest of India via Bengal.
Members of the All India Namashudra Bikash Parishad ~ an organisation of scheduled caste Hindus ~ today blocked National Highway-27 at Goshala More in Jalpaiguri district. The blockade continued for nearly two hours, resulting in a large number of Assam-bound lorries getting stranded.
The organisation, which has already threatened an indefinite blockade of all rail and road links to Assam from 27 August, said that today’s was only a symbolic protest.
“If Bengalis cannot live in Assam peacefully, we shall not allow the soil of Bengal to be used by the Assamese. We will block all roads and rail routes to Assam,” said Mukul Chandra Bairagi, president of the organisation.