Sporadic violence in central Assam bandh

Last Updated: Thursday, October 24, 2013 - 18:00

Morigaon: Normal life was affected in Assam`s Morigaon and parts of neighbouring Kamrup (Metro) district following a 24-hour Central Assam bandh from 6 am on Thursday with sporadic incidents of violence reported.

Offices, educational institutions, banks, shops and markets remained closed, while private vehicles stayed off the roads during the bandh called by ethnic organisation Tiwa Jatiyo Ankiyo Mancha, police sources said.

Bandh supporters damaged several vehicles by pelting stones at them breaking window glasses and wind shields at Khetri near Jagiroad and at Nellie, the sources said, adding none was injured.

Police and security forces escorted state-run Assam State Transport Corporation (ASTC) long distance buses on NH-37 in the bandh affected areas.

The Hindustan Paper Corporation mill at Jagiraod, however, functioned as usual with the protection of the CISF, they said.

The Tiwa Jatiyo Ankiyo Mancha called the bandh demanding an autonomous council for the Tiwas under the Sixth Schedule and cancellation of the 240 MW Kiling Hydro Electric Project on the Assam-Meghalaya border refusing to give the land of the rural Tiwa people for the project.

First Published: Thursday, October 24, 2013 - 18:00

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