Bandh, rail blockade affect normal life in Assam
Guwahati: Normal life was affected in Assam following a 12-hour bandh called by the Bajrang Dal and a rail blockade by All Bodoland Muslim Students' Union (ABMSU) to protest violence in lower Assam districts though no fresh incident was reported on Monday.
The bandh was called by Bajrang Dal and supported by Vishwa Hindu Parishad and RSS to protest against the violence in BTAD districts.
ABMSU blocked railway tracks at Bijni in Chirang district demanding the scrapping of Bodoland Territorial Council and arrest of its chief Hagrama Mohilary which was later lifted.
Bandh supporters burnt tyres and pelted stones at vehicles in different parts of the state following which nearly 500 of them were taken into preventive custody from Guwahati, Golokgunj and Agomoni in Dhubri, police said.
The bandh was total through out the state with all shops, educational and financial institutions remaining closed and attendance in government offices thin, the sources said.
Vehicles remained off the roads and a few state transport buses plied with police escorts, the sources said.