HAFLONG, Feb 11: The 12-hour bandh call given by Hills Tribe Students Association (HTSA) paralysed normal life in Dima hasao district on Monday.
The bandh was called in protest against the move of the Union government for passage of the Citizenship (Amendment), Bill 2016 in the Rajya Sabha. The student body also demanded withdrawal of the Constitution (Scheduled Tribes) Amendment Bill 2019 (ST Status to Six advanced communities) and granting of ST-Hills status to Bodos living in Dima Hasao and Karbi Anglong.
HTSA is a conglomerate of Dimasa Students’ Union (DSU), Hmar Students’ Association (HSA), All Biate Students’ Association (ABSA), Hrangkhol Students’ Association (HKSA), Khasi Students’ Union (KSU) and Karbi Students’ Association (KSA) and Kuki Student Organization (KSO).
No untoward incident has so far been reported from any part of the district during the bandh period. Dozens of goods carrying vehicles stranded at Retzawl Village as the protesters burnt tyres to block the movement of traffic during the bandh.
However, the train service was normal. Essential services like medical, water, milk, electricity supply were exempted from the purview of the bandh.