HAILAKANDI, July 22 � The 12-hour Barak Valley bandh today from 6 am called by Gairik Bharat demanding to stop the harassment of citizens in the name of D voters passed off peacefully. Life was paralysed in Silchar but there was partial rerspons in Hailakandi and Karimganj districts. The bandh was supported by Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP), Hindu Milan Parishad, All Assam Madarssa Students� Union (AMSU), Nikhil Bishnupriya Manipuri Students� Union and some other organizations.
About 250 picketers were arrested from Cachar district during the bandh hours. Life was totally paralysed in Silchar. Government offices, educational institutions, financial institutions including banks were closed. Shops and business establishments were also closed. Passenger vehicles were off the road and train services were also disrupted. In Hailakandi, bandh was partial though the banks, post office, educational institutions were closed.