The Greater Guwahati unit of the North East India Petroleum Dealers’ Association (NEIPDA) has withdrawn its indefinite petrol pump bandh in Greater Guwahati from September 7.

The Greater Guwahati unit of NEIPDA on Friday announced to close the petrol pumps in protest against harassment on dealers by oil companies.

The decision to withdraw the bandh has been confirmed by Rajib Goswami, the president of NEIPDA (GGU).

Following the announcement to close the petrol pumps, an emergent meeting was called by the district administration of Kamrup Metro on Saturday with BPCL, IOCL, HPCL and NEIPDA (GGU).

In the meeting “BPCL has assured the district administration and us that they will resume supply of MS and HSD immediately as demanded by our Association and they have extended the time to sign the Agreement till December 2020, which was our one-point demand,” Goswami said in a statement.

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“Therefore, after signing the minutes, we have decided to withdraw our indefinite petrol pump bandh and accordingly, it has been withdrawn immediately,” he added.

The Association earlier said the petrol pumps would remain closed from 5 am of September 7 in Greater Guwahati.

The petroleum dealers’ association said Bharat Petroleum Corporation Limited (BPCL) has been harassing of Dealer Member Ellora Debi, proprietor of RRND Service Station at Beltola in Guwahati.

“Time and again BPCL is forcing her to sign the Dealership Agreement. They even threatened to stop the supply of petrol and diesel if she fails to sign the agreement by August 31,” the Association earlier complained.

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