Members of the Hynniewtrep Youth Council (HYC) today organised a protest here against the rising prices of petrol and diesel which has affected the people.
Led by HYC general secretary Roy Kupar Synrem, the protesters gathered at Khyndai Lad and released several balloons tied with placards denouncing the State government for keeping quiet on the daily fuel price hike.
Black banners were also hung by the HYC activists at Motphran as part of the protest. They also distributed black flags to commuters.
Demanding tax deduction on petrol and diesel by 50 per cent, the protesters also shouted slogans against the MDA government for not doing anything to alleviate the suffering of the common man due to fuel price hike.
“If the cost of petrol and diesel continues to rise, the poor will be the victims as commercial vehicles will raise the fares,” Synrem said.
The HYC leader also asked the State government to reduce Value Added Tax (VAT) on petrol and diesel and also to take up with the Centre for slashing down of central excise duty on auto fuel.
The rate of petrol in the State has gone up to Rs 101.59 per litre whereas the rate of diesel has jumped to Rs 94.29 a litre.