12-hour bandh affects normal life in Assam

Normal life was affected in most districts of Assam yesterday due to the 12-hour dawn-to-dusk shutdown called by the Bajrang Dal in protest against the recent violent incidents in the state. The shutdown was supported by VHP and RSS.

In Guwahati and other places, Bajrang Dal activists burnt tyres to stop movement of vehicular traffic. Police had also detained many people for stonepelting at various places across the state.

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Many schools, colleges and some business establishments remained closed throughout the state during the bandh hours and commercial vehicles remained off the road.

Meanwhile, the United Movement for Peoples’ Rights — a conglomeration of 12 organisation of non-Bodo communities and organisations of religious minority people — has also called for a 12-hour Assam bandh today to protest against the failure of the state government to check alleged atrocities on non-Bodos and other minority communities in Bodoland Territorial Areas Districts.

The three districts of western Assam — Kokrajhar, Chirang and Dhubri — have since July 19 witnessed violent clashes between the Bodos and Bengali-speaking Muslim settlers, which claimed 86 lives till Sunday.

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