JORHAT, Sept 20 - Normal life was paralysed in Jorhat district on Wednesday following a 12-hour bandh call given by Jautha Sangrami Mancha � a platform of seven organisations of different ethnic groups which also includes a few students� bodies from 5 am.
The bandh call was given to protest State government�s �attempt to shield� a senior IAS bureaucrat, Solanki Vishal Vasant, now posted at the Chief Minister�s Office, who was allegedly involved in misappropriation of funds from the District Untied Fund of Jorhat during his tenure as deputy commissioner of Jorhat from 2013 to 2016.
The Mancha comprises Jorhat district units of All Tai Ahom Students� Union, Assam Tea Tribes� Students� Association, Sutiya Yuba Sanmilan, Assam Koch Rajbongshi Students� Union, All Assam Scheduled Caste Students� Union, Gana Adhikar Sangram Samiti and Upper Assam Muslim Kalyan Parishad.
All business establishments, banks and educational institutes remained closed with public transport and private vehicles remaining off the roads across the district, which included towns of Teok, Mariani and Titabar. Attendance in government offices was almost zero.
Mancha activists came out on the streets and burnt tyres on the roads in many areas of the district. The bandh period passed off peacefully with no untoward incident.