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Dhemaji district bandh total, peaceful

By Correspondent

DHEMAJI, March 2 - Asom Jatiyatabadi Yuva Chatra Parishad (AJYCP) sponsored 24-hour Dhemaji district bandh since 5 am this morning passed off peacefully.

The protesters blocked the national highway at several portions of Dhemaji, Gogamukh, Bordoloni, Silapathar, Simenchapori and Jonai under the district this morning, burnt tyres to resist vehicular movement. But, security forces deployed to control the situation later dispersed the mobs and cleared the roads.

Shops and business establishments, banks and private schools remained closed, while passenger vehicles were off the road during day hours. Of course, a few private vehicles and emergency services were seen plying to and fro along National Highway 52 at Dhemaji, Silapathar and Jonai town portions. It may be mentioned here that the protesters had exempted examinations, festival celebrations, marriage parties, and other essential and emergency services from purview of the bandh.

Overall bandh situation in the district is reported peaceful so far. No untoward incident has beeb reported from any part of the district till filing of this report at 5.30 pm.

The bandh has been called in protest against the authority�s failure to arrest the culprits involved in the attack of the AJYCP members on Saturday. The bandh call was supported by All Tai Ahom Students� Union and Konch Rajbongshi Students� Organization.

The AJYCP members following their ongoing anti-CAA movement, waved black flags in front of Dhemaji MLA Dr Ranoj Pegu�s convoy, when he was proceeding to Uttar Dhemaji to attend a public meeting on Saturday. The BJP workers in retaliation attacked the protesters, left a few AJYCP members including three women injured.

Meanwhile, Dhemaji police following a complaint lodged by AJYCP leaders registered a case against 12 persons in this regard. One Biswa Hazarika, an active BJP member, who was caught by the students was arrested by the police.

The AJYCP members alleged that Dhemaji police is being lenient while taking action against the accused BJP workers. They also set a 24-hour ultimatum to the authority for nabbing the culprits.

Alleging authority�s inaction to nab the offenders, AJYCP�s Dhemaji district unit had called the 24-hour Dhemaji bandh. They also cautioned the administration of more rigorous movement until the accused persons involved in the attack were arrested.

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