Assam Ferry Mishap: Protests rock Majuli; CM Sarma ‘Missed a small job’
Guwahati: Situation became tensed in Majuli after angry locals and security forces engaged in a clash as chief minister Himanta Biswa Sarma was reportedly present inside the circuit house complex there. The minister was reportedly busy discussing the situation with representatives of various groups and officials at that time.
Angry locals while reiterating their demand of a bride over Brahmaputra connecting the island to Jorhat demanded the chief minister to confront them and to discuss the issue in presence of general public.
Slogans of ‘BJP go back’ echoed in the air as police allegedly used forces and even lathi charged on a student during the protest.
“We don’t want their false promises but results. They must discuss it in front of the public. Our lives are in danger and a few can’t decide on our behalf,” said the protesters.
“The accident took away the lives of a bright teacher. It’s not an accident but a murder. Work for the proposed bridge of Majuli is still to start. The deputy commissioner must resign,” they demanded.
Chief Minister Sarma said, “It’s the fault of government officials. The boat did not have experienced boatmen. Ferry owners flouted norms and our officials overlooked the situation. A government fails when its ground officers don’t perform their duties. While working for bigger dreams for Majuli, we missed the micro details.”