The government’s decision to revoke district status of South Kamrup has led to widespread protest on NH-37, thus snapping of road communication between Western Assam districts and Guwahati city. Hundreds of people in Kamrup district’s Chhaygaon area took to the streets and blocked movement of all vehicles, including ambulances. Some protestors burned tires and even clashed with the police. Hundreds of vehicles moving to Guwahati from Goalpara and Bongaigaon have been stranded.
Meanwhile, reacting to the agitation, Assam Director General of Police (DGP) Mukesh Sahay appealed to the people not to take the law in their hands. ‘If someone takes law in their hands, we are going to deal with them strictly,’ the DGP said.
The Assam Cabinet had recently revoked the decision to create South and East Kamrup districts for lack of infrastructure. The former Congress-led government had announced creation of five districts — South Kamrup, East Kamrup, Charaideo, Biswanath and West Karbi Anglong. However, the three others will be created.