DIPHU, April 20 - The normal life came to a grinding halt today following a 12-hour Karbi Anglong bandh called by the Bangali Samaj and Bangali Yuba Chatra Federation backed by 15 other social and student organizations in protest against the alleged killing of a youth named Pranab Das alias Mithu.
The bandh paralysed life especially in Dokmoka, Howraghat, Bakalia and Diphu where government offices, shops and business establishments remained closed. Heavy and light vehicles did not ply on the NH-36 as also in interior areas of the district.
Talking to this correspondent, Karbi Anglong Deputy Commissioner Mukul Chandra Gogoi said the bandh passed off peacefully and no law and order violation was reported from anywhere during the bandh hours.
The Deputy Commissioner said that a magisterial inquiry has been ordered into the killing and instructions were given to submit the report within 15 days. Gogoi also urged the public as well as different organizations to maintain peace and tranquillity and to avoid programmes like bandh, road blockade, gherao, etc. �Law will work equally for the rights of every section of the people,� he said.
On the other hand, district Superintendent of Police Debajit Deori said that security has been beefed up in all the vulnerable areas to avoid any untoward incidents.
It may be mentioned here that a local student body today tried to open shops and markets at Dokmoka opposing the bandh call. Police fired in the air to disperse the crowd in order to maintain law and order, said Deori, who was at Dokmoka today.
The police official said two persons were arrested today in connection with the killing.