From: Tom Mangattuthazhe <email@example.com>
Date: Sun, May 8, 2011 at 11:00 AM
Subject: Indefinite Hunger Strike for Manja Bridge
To: firstname.lastname@example.org, Solomon Rongpi <email@example.com>
Indefinite Hunger Strike for Manja Bridge
A Joint Press Statement
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 under construction for the last 20 years. Organisations like Manja Youth Forum, Manja Students Forum and Manja welfare society took up the cause with the support of thousands of people. On 28th September, 2011 two hours national Highway blockade was organized to press for the demand and it was participated by more than 500 persons including children, women, community leaders, village head men of several villages, teachers of different schools. For the first time the protestors were arrested by the Police and were taken to Manja Police Station. At 9.30 am Mr.H.Rajkumar, the Additional District Collector of Karbi Anglong District came to the police station and met the general public and assured that the temporary bridge will be completed within 20 days and that the permanent bridge will be completed during the financial year before March 2011, with this assurance from the government authority the police released all those who were arrested and no case was filed either. After the September 28 incident the temporarily bridge was built but without proper foundations meaning that it will collapse when the raining season start. Besides making another mockery of the genuine demand of our people, the construction of the permanent bridge have not started yet. Taking the context seriously, a joint meeting was held on 7th May 2011 at 11 am at Hidim Teron village and we make the following appeal.
1. We request the government administration to take up urgent steps to complete the construction of the temporary bridge with proper foundations.
2. We have requested the speedy construction of the permanent bridge through several democratic and peaceful ways for 20 years and we do hope that you will take note of our problem at the earliest.
3. If our genuine demand for the proper construction of the temporary bridge is not done and the construction of the permanent bridge do not begin by May 16; on Tuesday 17th May the general public of Manja area will gather at Manja and will begin indefinite huger strike, We are forced to take this public action as the authorities have turned blind eye to our genuine demands for nearly two decades.
Spokesperson, Manja Youth Forum
President, Manja Students Forum
Address for Correspondence
Diphu - 782460