Call by Garo group for non-cooperation fails to elicit student support in Garo Hills

Students burn posters to oppose strike

TURA: A two day protest shutdown call given by the organization-Association for Democracy and Empowerment across South Garo Hills over bad roads in the district turned into an embarrassment for the organizers after an angry student community rebelled and refused to join the ‘non-cooperation movement’ leading to its cancellation midway, on Tuesday.

The ADE organization had announced a 5 AM to 5 PM protest shutdown across the southern district for two days, beginning Tuesday, over the issue of delayed restoration work on the highway (NH-62) along the Gasuapara-Cherengpara stretch of the route.

However, much to the shock of the organisers of the NCM, the student community refused to play ball.

Angry over the sudden decision of the ADE leaders to call for a shutdown at a crucial time of examinations, students at several places defied the diktats of the organisers and opened up their colleges and schools for classes.

Posters of the ADE calling for the NCM were stripped from public places and later burnt by the students outside Captain Williamson Memorial College in Baghmara town.

“They called for an NCM without consulting the student community as a result of which many of our classmates could not write their exams,” angry college students informed from Baghmara.

In view of the NCM call, as many as 28 out of 251 students from the morning shift and 8 out of 210 students of the day shift missed the ongoing 1st year Bachelor of Arts (BA) examinations in the Baghmara college.

Leaders of the ADE organization later informed that they were calling off the two day strike.

“Many students who stay in far flung areas could not make it to the examination centres because there were no buses and other public transport in the morning because of the NCM call,” informed officials from Baghmara.

District headquarters Baghmara, like other towns in the region initially remained closed but as news spread about students opposing the shutdown, shops and government offices soon opened up for work and by noon vehicles and pedestrians were on the roads.

The NCM failed to evoke any response in the coal rich town of Nangalbibra, Jadigittim and even Mahenskola.

However, the town of Gasuapara which is facing the worst road conditions was completely impacted by the protest shutdown. Shops and schools remained closed and the only passing vehicles were those on government duty. Gasuapara is expected to return to normal life on Wedesday.

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