GUWAHATI, Dec 8 - The Bharat Bandh called by various farmer organisation of the nation and supported by the Opposition parties on Tuesday against the three farm laws enacted by the Central government passed away peacefully in the State. While some districts of the State witnessed total support to the Bandh, in some others there was mixed response. Our Staff Correspondents adds:
Dibrugarh: Barring vehicular traffic, the Bharat Bandh called by country�s protesting farmers, evoked mixed response in the city here as several commercial establishments remained opened during the day.
The commercial passenger vehicles kept off the roads but private vehicles kept plying. Most of the educational institutions and financial institutions too remained affected.
JORHAT: Normal life was completely paralyzed in Jorhat district on Tuesday following the Bharat Bandh call given by several farmer organizations that was supported by many others including the Opposition.
The Bandh was called against the recently-enacted farm laws by the Central government.
Shops and commercial establishments, banks and educational institutes remained closed with public transport and private vehicles remaining off the roads. Attendance in government offices too was thin.
A group of protesters, shouting slogans against the Central government, burnt the effigy of Prime Minister Narendra Modi near the Head Post Office Road-AT Road intersection here.
In Titabar, Mariani, Borholla and Teok towns of the district the Bandh was total.
Our Correspondents add:
North Lakhimpur: The nationwide Bandh called by farmer organizations in protest against the farm laws and supported by various Opposition parties evoked strong response in Lakhimpur district today. The Bandh completely paralyzed normal life in the district disrupting traffic, trade and commerce and functioning of educational institutions. It completely paralyzed the public transport services in Lakhimpur district. Vehicular traffic was completely off the roads during the Bandh.
All shops and business establishments, banks and financial institutions remained shut during the day across Lakhimpur while attendance at various State government offices were limited. Schools and colleges also remained without attendance today. Some organizations like AIDSO took out demonstrations on the streets here. However, there was no report of any untoward incident coming from any part of the district during the Bandh.
DOOMDOOMA: The normal life was totally paralyzed in Doomdooma circle today due to the Bharat Bandh call given by the farmer bodies and supported by Opposition parties. All the shops, business establishments, government offices, educational institutions, banks and insurance companies� offices remained closed and the movement of vehicles on the road was very thin. No untoward incident has been reported from any part of the circle during the Bandh period.
DHEMAJI: The Bharat Bandh call given by the peasants� organizations with support of various political parties against the controversial farm laws evoked total response in Dhemaji district of north Assam.
Shops and commercial establishments remained closed during the Bandh hours and public transport was off on National Highway-15 and town roads at Gogamukh, Dhemaji, Silapathar and Jonai under the district.
Attendance in government offices was thin for the day.
Several hundred members of the Krishak Mukti Sangram Samiti (KMSS) staged protests by burning tyres on Silapathar town road and demanded the Central government to scrap the anti- farmer laws.
Supporting the farmers� strike, members of Dhemaji district Congress committee burnt the effigy of Prime Minister Narendra Modi and State Chief Minister Sarbananda Sonowal at Bordoloni and shouted anti-government slogans.
Overall situation was peaceful in the district during the Bandh hours.
Tezpur: The Bharat Bandh call given by various farmer organisations and supported by Opposition parties to protest the three farm laws, passed off peacefully in Tezpur and its adjoining areas including Dhekiajuli town, Balipara, Rangapara etc., under Sonitpur district. Most of the business establishments, banks, schools and colleges remained closed and very less number of vehicles were seen plying on the roads during the Bandh period.
It is to be mentioned here that though the Bandh call was given from 11 am till 3 pm, here its impact was from 5 am to 5 pm.
Biswanath Chariali: The Bharat Bandh called by various farmer unions of the nation and supported by Opposition parties in protest against the three farm laws passed off peacefully in Biswanath district today. All the business establishments, shops, banks, post offices, government offices, schools, colleges etc., remained closed throughout the day. Plying of vehicles on the NH-15 and on other roads was totally stopped. The supporters of the Bandh burnt effigies of Central government leaders at several places on the roads in the district. They also shouted slogans against the government and the three farm laws. The Bandh was total in others parts of the district including Chatiya, Borgang, Behali, Halem, Gohpur and Kalabari.
UDALGURI: There was no impact of Bharat Bandh in Udalguri district today. The Bandh didn�t evoke any response in the district and all offices, business establishments functioned normally while vehicular traffic was also not affected.
HAILAKANDI: The nationwide Bharat Bandh called by farmer organisations in protest against the three farm laws received widespread support on Tuesday in Hailakandi district. Around 89 picketers were arrested from different parts of the district. Vehicular traffic was off the road in most of the areas. Barring some places of Hailakandi town, most of the shops and business establishments were closed. Government offices look deserted. Banks, financial institutions were closed by the picketers. Some of the educational institutions functioned normally. The Bandh was supported by all the Opposition parties, trade unions, student and farmer bodies etc. No untoward incident was reported from any part of the district.
Dhubri: Public transportation services were affected by the country-wide Bharat Bandh called by farmer organisations and trade union bodies. All types of vehicular traffic remained off the roads in the entire district throughout the day. However, a few e-rickshaws were seen plying in many small streets and bylanes.
GAURIPUR: The Bharat Bandh called by various farmer bodies for scrapping the farm laws evoked partial response here. Shops and other commercial establishments remained open but banks and other financial institutions remained closed. Schools also functioned normally. Long distance passengers buses were off the NH- 31. No untoward incident has been reported from any part of greater Gauripur town.
A Correspondent adds:
NAGAON: The Bharat Bandh called by various farmer bodies severely hit the normal life in the district. During the Bandh, all the shops as well as other commercial establishments, schools, colleges, offices in private sectors and other institutions in the small town remained closed. Similarly, vehicles on major streets of the town were rarely seen except vehicles of emergency services. Though the government offices were kept open during the Bandh yet the attendance of officials as well as other employees was thin. No incident of violence has been reported till the filing of this report.
ANN Service adds:
BOKAKHAT: Bharat Bandh called by various farmer bodies in protest against the three farm laws passed off peacefully in Bokakhat subdivision today. The Bandh paralysed normal life including official activities. Even plying of long distance buses was disrupted. Shops, hotels and other business establishment of the town remained closed during the Bandh hour.
HATSINGIMARI: Along with other parts of the country, in response to the Bharat Bandh called by different farmer organizations against the farm laws enacted by the BJP-led Central government, a spontaneous Bandh was observed in Southsalmara Mankachar district today. During the Bandh period, almost all markets, business establishments, schools, colleges remained closed.