DIPHU/ HAFLONG, Dec 10: Health and finance minister Himanta Biswa Sarma was greeted with black flags by the activists of Karbi Anglong District Students Union (KADSU) and Diphu Regional Students Union (DRSU) here on Tuesday.
Sarma was visiting Diphu Medical College & Hospital (DMCH). As many as 15 AASU activists were detained, when they waved black flag against the minister for his stand on passage of the Citizenship (Amendment) Bill 2019.
The protestors were imposing 11-hour bandh called by North East Students Organisations (NESO) against the CAB. The AASU activists came in front of Sarma’s vehicle and waved black flags and shouted anti-CAB slogans, when the minister arrived the DMCH complex at around 1 pm.
“We have waved black flags to Himanta Biswa Sarma to protest his visit to Diphu as the BJP government at the Centre has passed the contentious CAB in Lok Sabha. Sarma spoke many things when he came to Diphu, but he has done nothing for the people of Karbi Anglong. In the coming days whenever he comes to Diphu, AASU will show black flag to him to protest the CAB,” Karbi Anglong District Students Union (KADSU) general secretary Shorjun Hanse said.
Those who have been detained are: KADSU general secretary Shorjun Hanse, vice president Simanta Gogoi and cultural secretary Raju Bordoloi and DRSU president Nakid Ali and general secretary Elwin Rongpi.
The 11-hour bandh called by NESO in protest against CAB has affected normal life in Karbi Anglong, West Karbi Anglong and Dima Hasao districts on Tuesday.
In Diphu, life came to a standstill due to the bandh. All schools and educational institutions were closed during the bandh hours. However school exams were exempted from the purview of the bandh.
The attendance in government offices was thin. A few private vehicles were seen plying on the road. Barring burning of tyres by AASU activists at Birla in Diphu there was no report of any untoward incident in the district.
In Bokajan, the bandh was complete and AASU activists burnt tyres on the road. The bandh was also peaceful in Parokhuwa, Howraghat, Bakalia and Dokmoka. Communication was disrupted on NH 36 and NH 39 for the day. In West Karbi Anglong, the bandh was total and peaceful in Mailoo, Kheroni, Dongkamukam, Baithalangso and Tumpreng.
Normal life was paralysed in Dima Hasao district due to the 11-hour bandh called by All Dimasa Students Union (ADSU) and Dimasa Women’s Society (DWS) in response to the bandh called by NESO on Tuesday.
The bandh was total and peaceful. All shops and business establishments were closed during the bandh. All schools, colleges and educational institutes were also remained closed. Both private and commercial vehicles were off the road. There was no report of any untoward incident from any part of the district.