‘matter brought to notice of NF Railway authorities’
Statesman News Service
Raiganj, 5 January
With a demand for rehabilitation, traders who were evicted from Aluabari railway station premises started fasting at Aluabari Road station in Islampur of North Dinajpur district for an indefinite period since yesterday afternoon. The movement was intensified after a section of residents near Aluabari station participated in this fast with the traders. Apart from rehabilitation to traders, the residents demanded the change of the name of Aluabari Road station. They also demanded the stoppage of four important trains in Aluabari road station too.
It is learnt that a social worker of Katihar in Bihar, Mr Rakesh Gurnani, started fasting all by himself yesterday afternoon, demanding rehabilitation for the traders.
Later, the traders and a section of locals started fasting for an indefinite period.
The councillor of Ward No 4 of Islampur municipality, Mr Gurudas Saha, who also participated in the movement of the traders, said: "Recently, a total of 75 traders were evicted from the premises of Aluabari Road station. Hence, the family members of the evicted traders are facing a great crisis. We demanded their rehabilitation. The fast will continue until the Railway authorities assure rehabilitation to them."
The SDO, Islampur, Mr Narayan Chandra Biswas, said: "The subject was brought to the notice of NF Railway authorities. It is learnt that the subject of rehabilitation to the evicted traders are under their consideration."