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Guwahati: Protests against fuel price hikes have taken various shapes across the country. While many took to traditional ways of protesting by holding rallies and raising slogans, some resorted to innovative ways of protesting like releasing black balloons with placards attached to them in the hope that their voices would reach the government.

In Assam, a group of youngsters at Sonari in Charaideo district have come up with a unique way of protesting against the fuel price hike and rising prices of other essentials.

Members of Tai Ahom Youth Organisation rallied the streets of Sapekhati town in Sonari with what looked like a shrouded body depicting the state’s BJP government and Food and Civil Supplies Department on their shoulders.

Slogans against the state government also echoed as they rallied across the streets before immersing the mock dead body into the Timon river. Members of the organisation also carried out the last rites of the mock dead body.

“People of Assam have been made to suffer due to the uncontrolled price hike of essentials be it food items, petrol or LPG and it is because of the BJP government’s arrogance, price and the policies against the commoners. We have immersed the Food & Civil Supplies Department in the Timon river and carried out its last rites. Through this we want to inform the government that the government should deliver on its pre-poll promises and assurances they had given to the people,” said Nabadeep Baruah, Spokesperson of the youth body.

As of October 25, the price of petrol in Assam stood at Rs 103.59 per litre and diesel at Rs 95.76 per litre.

Also read: AASU stages protest against fuel price hike in Assam

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