DIPHU/ HAFLONG/ GUWAHATI, Sept 10: The nationwide shutdown called by the All India Congress Committee (AICC) and 21 other opposition parties to register their protest against soaring fuel prices paralyses the normal life in BJP-ruled Assam.
However, the price of petrol stands at Rs 83.17 while diesel stands at Rs 76.1 in Guwahati despite the bandh call.
Incidents of arson, vandalism and disruption of rail and road traffic were reported from Bihar during the ‘Bharat Bandh’.
The bandh was total and peaceful in Karbi Anglong and West Karbi Anglong and Dima Hasao districts. All shops and business establishments, banks and financial institutions, schools and educational institutions, remained closed during the bandh period.
The vehicles were off the road. In Diphu, the government offices were functioning normally.
The bandh was peaceful in Bokajan. There was no traffic on the NH 36 and 39. However, train services were normal.
In Diphu, Karbi Anglong District Congress Committee (DCC) president and MP Biren Singh Engti, former MLA Bidya Sing Engleng, Karbi Anglong District Mahila Congress (KADMC) president Kasang Terangpi and others were detained when they were taking out a procession from party office at Rongpharpi Rongbe traffic intersection here.
They were detained in Diphu police station for a few hours and were released at 3 pm.
Karbi Anglong DMC president Kasang Terangpi informed that the party will submit memorandum to the deputy commissioner on September 13 on the price of petroleum products.
West Karbi Anglong
The bandh was also total in West Karbi Anglong district. However, there was no report of any untoward incident from any part of the district.
Normal life was thrown out of gear in Dima Hasao district due to the bandh. All shops, business establishments, bank, financial institutions, schools and other educational institutions remained closed during the day.
All private and public vehicles were off the road. The attendance in the government offices was thin.
Police have detained seven picketers from Langting when they were taking out a protest march to impose the bandh in the area.
In some areas, the protesters burnt tyres to block road for vehicular traffic.
The roads in the capital city were bereft of notorious traffic congestions as government buses and most of private taxis and auto rickshaws did not ply. Most of the shops and business establishments, malls and cinema theatres were closed.
The Assam Pradesh Congress Committee (APCC) president and Rajya Sabha member Ripun Bora and former Uttarakhand chief minister and All India Congress Committee (AICC) general secretary Harish Rawat were detained along with a group of Congress leaders for taking out a protest rally in support of the bandh in front of Janata Bhawan on Monday.
They were trying to enter into the Janata Bhawan defying the security barricade. However, the police and security forces prevented them from entering the secretariat. They were charged for violation of Section 144 of CrPC.
Former minister and senior Congress leader Rockybul Hussain was arrested along with several other party leaders for ‘violating’ section 144 CrPC in Nagaon.
Following his arrest, Congress supporters erupted in protest denouncing the high-handedness of Assam Police personnel. The protestors also flayed the Sarbananda Sonowal government for unleashing police force on unarmed protestors across the state.
Normal life was paralysed in four BTAD districts during Bharat bandh called by Congress and 21 opposition parties. The bandh evoked full response in Kokrajhar, heart of BTAD administration and other three districts Chirang, Baksa and Udalguri.
The Kokrajhar District Congress Committee (KDCC) took out a protest rally in support of the bandh.
Mankachar MLA Dr Matiur Rahman, APCC general secretary Biswajit Roy, Kokrajhar DCC president Bimal Mandal took part in the rally.
There was partial response to the bandh in Hojai district. There is no report of any untoward incident during the bandh period.
However, former minister and Hojai DCC president Dr. Ardhendu Kumar Dey was detained by the police for violating section 144 of CrPC around 10 am on Monday.
A group of BJP supporters tried to attack Dey when he was taking part in a rally in support of the bandh.
However, Hojai District BJP president Arjun Majumdar denied that they attacked Dey and said they protested against the Congress leader when he was trying to close down the shops and other business establishments during the bandh.
The band was also total and peaceful in Golaghat district. The protesters blocked the history Dhodor Ali at Hautley by burnbing tyres on the road.
All India Women Congress Committee (AIWCC) general secretary and former minister Bismita Gogoi along with several other Congress leaders were detained by the police from Hautley area.
However, leaders and workers of Golaghat District BJP were seen trying to open shops and other business establishments.
The bandh was also total in Margherita. Local unit of Motor Transport Union extended their support to the bandh.
The protesters also burnt tyres at NH 38.
Margherita Assembly Youth Congress president Alfaz Ahmed along with five other congress leaders were arrested when they were trying to close the Northeastern Coal Fields here.
The shutdown evoked maximum response across Barak Valley districts. Congress supporters took to the streets at several places across Barak valley burning tyres.