DIBRUGARH, Sept 6 - Some ten youths were rounded up by the police while they are trying to enforce a bandh in the city here. The city was practically paralysed following the 12-hour Assam bandh called by the Rashtriya Bajarang Dal, Assam Pradesh.
Educational institutions, except Dibrugarh University, business establishments, financial institutions and even government offices were affected by the bandh. Barring a few private vehicles, all modes of vehicles including commercial conveyance were off the roads during the bandh period. Some bandh supporters, riding triple on two wheelers, were seen misbehaving with auto rickshaw drivers, causing onlookers to protest. The police patrolling was lax here today, causing miscreants to misbehave on the roads.
IN DARRANG DISTRICT: The 12-hour Assam bandh evoked mixed response in Darrang district today. Most the shops and business establishments at Mangaldai were closed, while commercial vehicles including long distance passenger buses were off the roads. Buses run under ASTC were seen moving with police escorts. Though all the government offices were functioning, but the attendance was not satisfactory. The bandh passed off peacefully as no report of any untoward incident was received.
IN LAKHIMPUR DISTRICT: A twelve hours Assam bandh called by the Rashtriya Bajrang Dal evoked mixed response in Lakhimpur district today. The bandh supporters tried to enforce the bandh by burning tyres on roads in different parts of the district. All shops and business establishments remained closed. There was partial attendance in all schools and colleges while all government offices functioned normally. Vehicular traffic was thin on the roads as public transport was not running during the bandh.
IN DHEMAJI: The 12-hour Assam bandh today evoked mixed response in Dhemaji district.
The bandh had no impact on daily life at Gogamukh, Bordoloni, Dhemaji and Jonai towns of the district. Government offices, educational institutions, shops and business establishments in these areas were seen open during the day and vehicles were also plying on the national highway and town roads. However, some shops and commercial establishments in Silapathar town remained closed during the day.
IN BARAK VALLEY : Assam bandh called by the Rashtriya Bajrang Dal demanding withdrawal of the National Register of Citizens (NRC) published on August 31 this year, triggered mixed response across Barak Valley on Friday.
In Silchar, even as Government offices and other major establishments were open throughout the day, scanty attendance was noticed. There was less traffic movement on the roads as well. However, train and flight services were uninterrupted, sources informed.
There was no untoward incident reported and no arrests made during the day, police officials said. However, according to sources, massive protests were staged and effigies were burnt in other parts of the valley to demonstrate anger in protest against the exclusion of names of a large number of people from the NRC list.
Interestingly, amidst the confusion on the bandh call, on Thursday, the VHP and its allied wings in Silchar had made their stance clear on opposing the bandh.
AT GAURIPUR: The Assam bandh evoked full response in greater Gauripur area. Banks, post offices and government offices remained closed. However, schools and other private educational institutions functioned normally. Public transport was off the roads. No untoward incidents were reported. The bandh was also observed at Bilasipara, Golokganj and Agomoni areas of the district.
AT GOSSAIGAON: The 12-hour Assam bandh evoked full response at Gossaigaon. All government, semi-government offices including banks, post offices, LICI, business establishments were completely closed. The NH 31(C) was also free from much vehicular traffic. No untoward incident was reported.
IN NAGAON DISTRICT: No influence of the 12-hour Assam bandh was seen in the district. In fact, the traffic on the roads or attendance of the employees in the offices or the people in the busy areas was like other days. No incidents of violence were reported.