TINSUKIA, July 20 - The 24-hour Assam bandh given by Sodou Asom Anusuchita Jati Yuba Chatra Parishad (SAAJYCP) has affected normal life in Tinsukia district today.
All shops, business establishments, financial institutes, Central Government and Semi Government offices remained closed. Some private vehicles were seen plying on the roads during the bandh hours. However, production works of Oil, Coal and tea sectors were not affected due to the bandh. No untoward incident was reported from any quarter of the district till filing of this report.
The bandh call was given by the Parishad alleging large scale issuance of false caste certificates with which non-Schedule Caste persons obtained admission in the educational institutes, appointments, etc. by misusing the quota reserved for SC people. The Parishad also demanded an enquiry into the anomalies.
Meanwhile, the activists of Sodou Asom Chutia Chatra Santha (SACCS) under the aegis of Tinsukia district committee today staged two hours sit in-dharna in front of the Deputy Commissioner Office here demanding fulfillment of their long pending demands.
Their demands includes Schedule Tribe status for Chutia community, to preserve the historical sites and other relics of Chutia dynasty situated in Sadiya by clearing the illegal possession, to name the Dhola Sadiya bridge over river Brahmaputra in the name of the first Chutia king, Bhismak, to reserve some seats in the Industrial Trade Institutes and Nursing School of Tinsukia for Chutia students, to allot land for the construction of the office of the Tinsukia District Chutia Students� Union etc. The student body has threatened to continue their stirs with more stringently if their demands were not fulfilled.