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Gorkha Leader Harka Bahadur Chetry Begin ‘Marathon March’ to Protest Discrimination

Dispur : Harka Bahadur Chetry, Chairman of the Gorkha Autonomous Council Demand Committee (GACDC) has undertaken a non-violent democratic peaceful long march named the “Marathon March” from Mukong Selek, Jonai in Dhemaji district to Dispur. Covering approximately 560 Kms and starting from July 19, Chetry’s march is in protest against discrimination in providing original inhabitant status to the Gorkhas of Assam in the National Register of Citizens (NRC) upgradation process. Chetry is expected to cover 30-50 kms every day and reach Guwahati after August 1 while the Assam Assembly is in progress.

While starting off the rally from Murkong Selek, Harka Bahadur Chetry said, “Gorkhas of Assam have settled since time immemorial and have extensively contributed to national building process and the freedom struggle movement. So denying Original Inhabitant and Indigenous status to Gorkhas in Assam in up-gradation process of NRC is sheer discrimination and attempt to deprive fundamental rights of genuine Indian citizens. The Marathon March which will be peaceful non-violent democratic rally without slogans and blockades from 6am to 6pm every day till reaching Dispur is our way of registering our protest against this conspiracy and saving the fundamentals rights of Gorkhas”.

Interacting with the media at Talem under Jonai subdivision, Chetry thanked all those who participated in the first day of the march and said that he welcomes all members of the society including civil society organizations, student bodies and office holders to extend their support for the cause. Hundreds of Gorkhas waited in the roadside to have a glimpse of ‘Gorkhafa’ Chetry and extend their support. While locals along the route arranged for refreshments, women, school children and students joined the marathon march as a sign of support.

-  Northeast Today
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