NH 766 night traffic ban: Youths end hunger strike after Govt assures all help

NH 766 night traffic ban: Youths end hunger strike after Govt assures all help
Wayanad MP Rahul Gandhi had visited the protest venue on October 4 and expressed solidarity with the youth.
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Wayanad: Eleven days after they started a relay fast against the night traffic ban on the national highway 766 passing through Bandipur Tiger Reserve, activists of DYFI, Youth Congress and Muslim Youth League ended their stir on Sunday after state ministers assured full support to their cause.

Transport Minister A K Saseendran and Excise Minister T P Ramakrishnan met representatives of the protest council here and assured them of all support from the state government, including legal help.

The ministers also said that they would raise the issue in the Assembly.

"The state government is with you, the people of Wayanad, who are fighting for a just cause," Saseendran told the protesters.

The Centre had on Tuesday assured Kerala that a committee would be set up to study the night traffic ban on the national highway passing through Bandipur Tiger Reserve in Karnataka, as thousands of students took out a rally in Kerala's Wayanad, demanding lifting the curb.

The protestors, including school and college students and farmers, had taken out marches at Sultan Bathery in Wayanad, expressing solidarity with the plea of locals to lift the ban on night traffic through the highway.

The movement of traffic through the tiger reserve is banned from 9 pm to 6 am to reduce disturbance to wildlife.

Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan had suggested construction of an elevated stretch through the tiger habitat.

Wayanad MP Rahul Gandhi had visited the protest venue on October 4 and expressed solidarity with the youth.

"They represent the suffering of the people here. All political parties are united as far as the night travel ban issue is concerned. There is no political difference on this," Gandhi had said.

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