The indefinite rail blockade launched on Thursday in Dima Hasao district of Assam has been lifted on Friday after the agitators were assured of adequate compensation from both the NF Railway authorities and the State Government.
Notably, the NF Railway authorities have already sent a written assurance to the agitating organizations of providing adequate compensation to the land owners of Dima Hasao who had forfeited their land for the broad gauge conversion of the Lumding-Silchar sector.
This was informed over phone to Northeast Now by David Keivom, the president of Indigenous Students Forum (ISF) spearheading the agitation.
The indefinite rail blockade was lifted from 10 am on Friday.
Earlier, keeping in view of the rail blockade programme announced by the ISF, the Northeast Frontier Railway (NFR) authorities through a notification on Wednesday had cancelled or short-terminated journey of a total of four trains since Wednesday night.
According to ISF, the people of the hill region have suffered heavy loss due to the construction of the Lumding-Silchar Broad Gauge line. ISF has been protesting for a long time demanding the compensation for the loss.
On Thursday, the ISF activists in co-operation with locals staged protest at New Harangajao Railway Station.
The ISF protestors shouted slogans like ‘We want compensation’, ‘We want Justice’, etc.
It may be mentioned that that the ISF had given the railway authorities a 15-day deadline to compensate the people, who have lost lands due to BG conversion up to April 18.