Kokrajhar, Sept 11: The 12-hour Assam bandh call given by All Bodo Student’s Union (ABSU), People’s Joint Action Committee for Bodoland Movement (PJACBM) and National Democratic Front of Bodoland-Progressive (NDFB-P) has paralysed normal life in four districts of Bodoland Territorial Area Districts (BTAD) on Monday.
The bandh was called by three influential Bodo organisations to put pressure on the Centre and the state government for creation of separate Bodoland state under Article 2 and 3 of the Constitution of India. The four districts of BTAD, Kokrajhar, Chirang, Baska and Udalguri have been affected due to the bandh.
The bandh was total and peaceful. No untoward incident has so far been reported from any part of the four districts. All schools and educational institutions, shops and business establishments, government and private offices, banks and financial institutions remained closed during the bandh period. All vehicular traffic, including goods carrying trucks came to a grinding halt for the day due to the bandh.
The bandh supporters were seen imposing the bandh by shouting slogans against the BJP-led NDA government for not holding the tripartite talks on formation of Bodoland state. Many goods carrying trucks were seen stranded along the National highway during the bandh period. The protestors also burnt tyres in various places of Maldang bazaar, JD Road, Kachugaon, Bishmuri in Kokrajhar district to stop the movement of vehicles. In Chirang, bandh supporters obstructed movement of all kinds of vehicles at Kajalgaon, Bijni along the 31C National Highway.
ABSU president Promod Boro demanded the Centre for holding tripartite talks in between Centre, state and the Bodo nationalist organisation to find out a solution to the vexed Bodoland issue. “If the government fails to hold talks, we will start vigorous movement in coming days,” Boro said.
He alleged that the government has been tactically delaying the Bodoland statehood issue prompting the pressure groups to launch movements.