Bandh affects normal life in Assam
Last Updated: Thursday, July 30, 2009, 14:13
  
Guwahati: The Assam bandh called by human rights organisation 'MASS' in protest against the verdict of a local court here "acquitting" Mridul Phukan, prime accused in the murder of noted journalist Parag Das affected normal life in the state on Thursday.

Though no untoward incident had been reported so far, official sources said, 'effigies of CBI' were burnt at Jorhat and Lakhimpur towns by protesters criticising the agency's alleged faulty investigations into the murder case.

In the Brahmaputra Valley markets, shops, private offices and financial institutions remained closed, while attendance in government offices was thin, except Barak Valley and N C Hills district, the sources said.

Most educational institutions, including colleges and schools, however, were closed as they are on summer vacation.

Private long distance and city buses and other vehicles remained off the roads.

Air and train services operated normally, the sources said.

District and Session Judge, Kamrup, Dilip Kumar Mahanta on Tuesday had acquitted Phukan, lone surviving accused in the 13-year-old murder case due to lack of evidence.

Manav Adhikar Sangram Samiti (MASS), founded by Das, protesting against "verdict" had called for today's bandh.

Various journalist organisations, Press Clubs and the AUDF, a political party also extended their support to the bandh.

Bureau Report


First Published: Thursday, July 30, 2009, 14:13


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