NORTH LAKHIMPUR, May 24 � A 12-hour Lakhimpur district bandh called by non-Deori public of Nakari area paralysed the district headquarters today with sporadic incidents of violence and police action.
The bandh was called in protest against inclusion of three wards of North Lakhimpur Municipal area under the Deori Autonomous Council whose election is scheduled later this month. The bandh completely halted normal life affecting business, transport and academic life of North Lakhimpur. Schools and colleges remained unattended by the students with exception of North Lakhimpur College where normal classes went on and Lakhimpur Commerce College where BBA examination went on as scheduled. Attendances at governmental offices were thin and the sessions of judicial courts were affected.
The bandh was marred by sporadic incidents of violence in which bandh supporters stoned and smashed windows of a night service bus en route to Dhemaji from Guwahati at Ahuchawulgaon area of C.D. Road of North Lakhimpur. Vehicles were also attacked in the Bazaar Patty area of North Lakhimpur during the bandh. Police arrested more than three dozen female picketers from C D Road area who blocked the NH-52 during the bandh. They also resorted to a mild lathi on the picketers.