Assam truckers to stop plying to Wokha district from today

GOLAGHAT, AUG 19 (AGENCIES) | Publish Date: 8/19/2018 12:57:07 PM IST

Truck owners of Merapani in Assam’s Golaghat district have decided to stop plying to Wokha district from Monday after drivers claimed that they were allegedly harassed by police and activists during checking of documents like Inner Line Permit (ILP).

According to The Telegraph report, the decision was taken during a public meeting on Thursday, which was attended by members of All Assam Students Union (AASU), Asom Jatiyatabadi Yuba Chatra Parishad (AJYCP), All Assam Scheduled Caste Students Union and Merapani Market Committee, among others.

“For the past couple of days, drivers and handymen of taxis and goods vehicles are being harassed... on the pretext of checking ILP or National Register of Citizens (NRC) document,” said Mofizul Hussain, president of Truck Owners’ Association of Merapani. “The student organisations even handed over two drivers, Faridul Ali and Raju Sonowal, to the police and they were sent to Wokha jail. Though they were released on Thursday, it has created panic among drivers and handymen from Assam who live in Wokha. Most of them have already returned,” he said.

“We are aware that one needs an ILP to travel into Nagaland but there are no facilitation counters at the inter-state border check-post to avail of the permit. Earlier, there was no such checking or restriction. Our drivers only needed to show the licence issued by the Nagaland government to enter,” said Hussain. He said the boycott would continue until the ILP requirement is withdrawn.

The association also urged the Golaghat administration to properly check documents of taxi drivers who ply from Wokha to other parts of Nagaland through Assam. More than 150 commercial vehicles, including trucks and Tata Sumos, usually ply from Merapani to Wokha.


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