Hundreds block NH in Assam

Guwahati, Aug 19 : Hundreds of agitators today blocked the National Highway 37 for about three hours in Kamurp (rural) district, demanding a separate Garo Autonomous Council.

The protestors, under the banner of Ajanajatia Surakasha Mancha, tried to march to the Lokpriya Gopinath Bordoloi International Airport at Borjhar and stage a demonstration there.

However, police and district administration prevented them from reaching the airport and kept them confined at different locations on the main road leading to the airport. The protestors squatted on the road and blocked the national highway since 1100 hrs. People going to the airport were particularly affected by the blockade, with many people alleging that they missed their flights due to delay in reaching the airport because of the blockade. The protestors later dispersed and held a meeting at a local field. Demanding a separate Garo Autonomous Council, they warned of intensified agitation if their demands were not met with.