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Bandh evokes total response in State

By Staff Reporter

GUWAHATI, Jan 8 - The State came to a standstill on Tuesday as an 11-hour North East bandh called by All Assam Students� Union and North East Students� Organization protesting the move to amend the citizenship law evoked total response amidst sporadic incidents of violence which prompted security forces to detain hundreds of picketers across the State.

Bandh supporters made attempts to storm BJP offices at places, while picketers massed on streets, burnt tyres and even attacked vehicles in many areas to enforce the shutdown called on the day when Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh tabled the controversial bill in the Lok Sabha which was later passed by a voice vote.

Shops, business establishments, educational institutions remained closed throughout Assam. Traffic on the road was also negligible. Though government offices were open, attendance was very thin. Even at the State Secretariat, attendance was less than 30 per cent, officials said.

The bandh was total in the capital city too. Few shops which were opened during the morning hours were forced by picketers to shut their shutters.

Guwahati Police Commissioner Deepak Kumar said at least 46 bandh supporters were detained at various localities of the city.

�There was no major incident. At Hatigaon, Basistha, Lokhra etc picketers gathered on the streets, but police controlled the situations. Small incidents of vehicle vandalism were also reported at Latasil, RG Baruah Road, Basistha. Patrolling was on since 5 am in the morning. Check posts were also set up at sensitive places,� Kumar said.

Travellers going to airport and ASTC buses were given escort by police.

Bandh supporters also tried to block train movement in some places.

A railway spokesman said some short-distance trains were cancelled, but long distance trains were controlled at stations during the bandh hours. Protesters also squatted on tracks in Guwahati for about an hour in the morning.

In a statement issued in the evening, AASU president Dipanka Kumar Nath said the unprecedented response to the bandh call manifested people�s anger against the government move and asserted that the agitation will continue.

NESO chairman Samuel B Jyrwa said in spite of the widespread protest, the government passed the Bill in the Lok Sabha which only goes to show that the government has no regard for the indigenous people of the North East. �This move is intentionally done to reduce the indigenous people of the State to minority in their own land. NESO will not be quiet and will continue to follow up the vital issue and will take appropriate decision with full faith,� he said.

Our Jorabat Correspondent adds: The 11-hour bandh passed off peacefully in Dimoria.

The roads of the area wore a deserted look with no commercial and public vehicle plying and only a few private vehicles were seen plying on the streets.

Commercial establishments, shops and educational institutions remained shut.

The police kept vigil at several road intersections during the period of the bandh. However, no untoward incident was reported from anywhere.

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Bandh evokes total response in State

GUWAHATI, Jan 8 - The State came to a standstill on Tuesday as an 11-hour North East bandh called by All Assam Students� Union and North East Students� Organization protesting the move to amend the citizenship law evoked total response amidst sporadic incidents of violence which prompted security forces to detain hundreds of picketers across the State.

Bandh supporters made attempts to storm BJP offices at places, while picketers massed on streets, burnt tyres and even attacked vehicles in many areas to enforce the shutdown called on the day when Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh tabled the controversial bill in the Lok Sabha which was later passed by a voice vote.

Shops, business establishments, educational institutions remained closed throughout Assam. Traffic on the road was also negligible. Though government offices were open, attendance was very thin. Even at the State Secretariat, attendance was less than 30 per cent, officials said.

The bandh was total in the capital city too. Few shops which were opened during the morning hours were forced by picketers to shut their shutters.

Guwahati Police Commissioner Deepak Kumar said at least 46 bandh supporters were detained at various localities of the city.

�There was no major incident. At Hatigaon, Basistha, Lokhra etc picketers gathered on the streets, but police controlled the situations. Small incidents of vehicle vandalism were also reported at Latasil, RG Baruah Road, Basistha. Patrolling was on since 5 am in the morning. Check posts were also set up at sensitive places,� Kumar said.

Travellers going to airport and ASTC buses were given escort by police.

Bandh supporters also tried to block train movement in some places.

A railway spokesman said some short-distance trains were cancelled, but long distance trains were controlled at stations during the bandh hours. Protesters also squatted on tracks in Guwahati for about an hour in the morning.

In a statement issued in the evening, AASU president Dipanka Kumar Nath said the unprecedented response to the bandh call manifested people�s anger against the government move and asserted that the agitation will continue.

NESO chairman Samuel B Jyrwa said in spite of the widespread protest, the government passed the Bill in the Lok Sabha which only goes to show that the government has no regard for the indigenous people of the North East. �This move is intentionally done to reduce the indigenous people of the State to minority in their own land. NESO will not be quiet and will continue to follow up the vital issue and will take appropriate decision with full faith,� he said.

Our Jorabat Correspondent adds: The 11-hour bandh passed off peacefully in Dimoria.

The roads of the area wore a deserted look with no commercial and public vehicle plying and only a few private vehicles were seen plying on the streets.

Commercial establishments, shops and educational institutions remained shut.

The police kept vigil at several road intersections during the period of the bandh. However, no untoward incident was reported from anywhere.

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