SILCHAR, Oct 5 - The 12 hour Barak bandh called by the Hailakandi District Commercial Vehicle Drivers� Association, District Truck Drivers� Association in protest against the lynching of truck driver Sadid Ahmed Barbhuiya by a mob at Moinargarh in Borkhola under Cachar district on September 30 evoked partial response in Silchar on Monday.
The bandh was supported by a host of other vehicle owners and drivers association and political parties of the Hailakandi district. Even as the vehicles remained off the roads in the outskirts, life was almost normal within the town area. Barring schools and colleges, almost all major shops, offices and other establishments remained open. However, public vehicles were not seen on the streets during the bandh hours which prevented people coming from far off places to enter the town.
The bandh callers demanded adequate compensation to the family of Sadid and also to the family of Badal Saotal who died because being knocked down by Sadid. Also, they demanded immediate arrest of the people involved in the merciless killing of the truck driver and pressed for security to the drivers.
Meanwhile, the Cachar district administration has urged the people to maintain peace and calm ahead of the Durga Puja and Deepawali. Peace meetings are being conducted frequently at different parts of the town and police has been asked to keep a close vigil to prevent any further breach of peace.