RAHA, June 27 - A 12-hour-long central Assam bandh called by AASU, ATSU, AJYCP and MASS to protest the government�s move to set up the premier medical institute AIIMS at Changsari off Guwahati instead of Raha turned violent today.
The bandh supporters blocked vehicular traffic on the Nagaon-Guwahati highway at many places. The supporters damaged several vehicles by pelting stones and breaking their window panes. They fought pitched battles with the police and public in many places and set some shops ablaze.
Similar clashes were reported from Ambagan area of Nagaon district, in which some shopkeepers were injured.
At Raha Chariali on the National Highway 37, the protesters staged blockade for more than eight hours.
Some of the bandh supporters clashed with police and damaged several vehicles.
Amid the shouting of slogans, the protesters expressed their anger against the State Health Minister Himanta Biswa Sharma and the BJP-led State Government for allegedly befooling the people of Raha on the issue of AIIMS. The protesters also blamed Nagaon MP Rajen Gohain for allegedly failing to take up the matter with the Central and State governments.
Former Congress MLA Chandan Sarkar, who was on his way to Nagaon from Guwahati, was also kept waiting by the enraged protesters for about three hours.
Finally, the organisations lifted the blockade at 3 pm after a discussion with the top police officials and the Circle Officer of Raha, Pallavi Kachary.