Twin bandhs affect normal life in Assam

Two separate Assam bandhs disrupted normal life in both Upper and Lower Assam with reports of sporadic incidents.

Guwahati: Two separate Assam bandhs disrupted normal life in both Upper and Lower Assam on Tuesday with reports of sporadic incidents.

A 36-hour Assam Bandh called by the All Assam Tai Ahom Students Union (AATASU) to protest against the killing of its leader in Sibsagar district began today affecting normal life in all Upper Assam districts, official sources said.

Incidents of road blockade, stone pelting, burning of tyres and damage of vehicles by bandh supporters were reported from different parts of Jorhat, Golaghat, Sivasagar, Dibrugarh, Tinsukia and Lakhimpur districts.

Several other students` organisations of the state, including Tai Ahom Yuva Chatra Parishad, Adivasi Student Association, Koch Rajbongshi Students Union, Chutiya Students Union, among others, have extended their support to the bandh ending tomorrow at 5 pm.

AATASU had called the bandh to protest against alleged government inaction in apprehending the owner of the steel factory where its senior leader Debajit Lahon was killed and three others injured with one of them succumbing to his injuries later.

The other 36-hour Assam bandh called by the Peoples Joint Action Committee for Bodoland (PJACB), entered the second day today paralysing life in almost all Bodo-dominated districts of Lower Assam.
The PJACB with 43 organisations under it, espouses the cause of NDFB(Progressive) and was demanding meaningful talks between the NDFB(P) and Centre and creation of a separate Bodoland.
Shops and business establishments remained closed and vehicular traffic was off both on NH-31 and NH-52 but train services were not affected, the sources added.