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Assam, Manja: Christians part of agitation for Hidim Teron Bridge

May 17, 2011 by  
Filed under Assam, India, Persecution

Assam, Manja: Christians part of agitation for Hidim Teron Bridge

Assam, Manja: Christians part of agitation for Hidim Teron Bridge

The Manja Hidim Teron Village Bridge is a life line for 35 villages; more than 2000 children alone go to schools and colleges besides a number of people. The bridge is reported to be under construction for the last 20 years, in this belt where the Church is active in the peoples’s struggle & provides leadership. The villagers are completely cut off from the rest of the world when the temporary bamboo bridge gets washed off during rainy seasons. Among all the villages, the villages which come under Hidim Teron area are the most effected ones. Those representing the cause have submitted a memorandum on 9th May, 2011 stating that an indefinite hunger strike, would be undertaken, if the problem is not redressed.

In 2008, the Manja Welfare Society (MWS), Manja Students Forum and Manja Youth Forum were formed for the speedy construction of the bridge. Memorandums were submitted and the Forums also took up non-violent protests at Manja. Repeatedly in 2009 & 2010 did the same, but to no avail. The forums also filed an RTI regarding the bridge construction at Hidim Teron village, but received no reply and no information. On 28th September 2010 for two hours, a national highway blockade was organized to press for the demand After the September 28 incident, the temporary bridge was built but without proper foundation. It is sure to collapse when the monsoons start and the peoples’ demand of a permanent bridge remains unfulfilled.

Please Pray:

The newly elected government representatives, especially the CM and concerned MLAs will be sensitive to the needs of the electorate. Pray that the bureaucrats and those administration officials, responsible to get the bridge ready, will act in haste and avoid a confrontation with those affected. Pray for the Forums that they act wisely and protest in a non-violent legitimate manner.

Please Protest:
You may email / write / fax to the chief minister, marking a CC to csfpost@gmail.com

Shri. Tarun Gogoi, Chief Minister, Assam
Guest House No.1, Khanapara, Guwahati.
Residence: Nazir Ali, P.O.- Jorhat-785 001, Assam
Tel: 0361 2262222 / 2266188 / 2262781 (Off) /
0361 2621085 / 2266112 (Res)
Fax: 0361 2262069
Email: cm-asm@nic.in

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