SIVASAGAR/JORHAT, Sept 11 - The 12-hour dawn to dusk Sivasagar bandh called today by the Jautha Sangram Mancha, an umbrella organisation of 14 different bodies demanding handing over the alleged Rs 300 crore NH-37 four-lane scam in Sivasagar to the CBI, reinstating 1,530 primary school teachers and to expedite investigation into Diksha Rajkumari's murder, passed off peacefully with no report of any untoward incident.
Stranded vehicles on NH-37 near Jhanji and Moran were provided police escort to pass through the district. Banks and other institutions remained closed. Teachers� attendance in schools and colleges was normal, but the students did not turn up.
All business establishments, banks and educational institutes remained closed with public transport and private vehicles remaining off the roads. Attendance in Government offices was almost nil. Mancha activists came out to the streets and burnt tyres in many areas of Upper Assam.
The Mancha, which has been organising several demonstrations in Sivasagar in recent times, has been alleging that though the State Government had released Rs 900 crore in two instalments following a survey in 2011, there has been misappropriation of funds. They alleged that many of those to whom the money had to be disbursed, their names were not even registered.