Guwahati: All Assam Students Union (AASU) on Tuesday refused to lift its economic blockade against Nagaland protesting the police action against its activists last week,
even as the Naga Students Federation condemned the incident.
The NSF has issued a statement condemning the September 15 incident in which at least 22 protesters, mostly AASU activists, were injured in assault and firing allegedly by
Nagaland police in Golaghat district, AASU advisor Dr Samujjal Bhattacharya told reporters.
"The AASU stand is, however, clear which is that, as long as action is taken against the erring policemen, the economic blockade will not be lifted," Bhattacharya said. Following the incident of assault on the protesters demanding security on the national highway, the student body had enforced an economic blockade leaving thousands of trucks carrying essentials stranded resulting in a shortage of goods.
"Nagaland is our good neighbour and we do not hold anything against the people of that state. We also appreciate the gesture of the NSF condemning the incident but until
action is taken against the policemen, the blockade will not be lifted," he said.
The NSF, in the statement, said, "we are deeply pained with the action of the Nagaland police and express our strong resentment."
"While extending our solidarity to the injured innocent protesters and support towards the demand of the AASU, the NSF urges upon the Nagaland government to seriously examine the incident and take necessary action," it said.