DIPHU, Oct 30 � On the fourth day of the thousand-hour general strike called by the �Joint Action Committee for Autonomous State� (JACAS) since Monday, normal life has been thrown out of gear in the entire Karbi Anglong district as all vehicles were off the road.
However, train services between Lumding and Dibrugarh remained almost normal.
The Karbi Anglong Autonomous Council has decided to ply nearly 10 buses from Diphu to Hamren, Howraghat, Nagaon, Bokajan and several other interior places. Moreover, a number of city buses will run between Diphu and Manja, a small town 16 kilometres from Diphu, from tomorrow.
Meanwhile, Bijay Teron, chief convener of JACAS, was arrested by Diphu Police last midnight from his residence after JACAS refused to call off the thousand-hour general strike, in defiance of the Supreme Court�s order against strike.
Police have, however, charged Teron of illegally storing huge quantity of timber in his residence.
�I was picked up from my residence last night when we were about to discuss the issue of calling off the strike. I have been physically tortured in custody,� Teron told mediapersons at police lockup.
Meanwhile, a highly placed government official today informed that both Delhi and Dispur are willing to hold discussion on JACAS demands, but only after they call off the strike.
Prasanta Buragohain, Deputy Commissioner of Karbi Anglong had requested the JACAS through an official communiqu� to call off the strike and sit for a discussion with the State government tomorrow at Dispur. When asked about his reaction, Khorsing Teron, chairman of JACAS alleged that the administration is playing politics. �He is facilitating approach for discussion in one hand and arrested our chief convener on the other hand. We are still considering the matter, but probably we will not be able to accept his proposal,� he said.
The district administration and the KAAC authority have yesterday issued strict instructions to all government offices, schools, college and university and even the State Bank of India to reopen from today, but in absence of proper communication, attendance of students in schools was almost nil even though teaching staff were present. Most of the government offices also remained open today.
Moreover, the ruling Congress party and its allies have planned to urge the traders to open markets tomorrow in the entire district through mass movement of party activists.