GUWAHATI/ BOKAJAN, Feb 19: Business activities came to a halt across Assam on Monday following a nationwide trade bandh called by the Confederation of All India Traders (CAIT) as a tribute to the CRPF jawans martyred in Pulwama terror attack.
A silent protest rally was taken out wearing black badges by shop owners and businessmen of Bokajan. The rally, which began from Fatak Bazaar, culminated outside Deputy Commissioner’s Office this afternoon.
A group of irate mob blocked the national highway 39 at Khatkhati in Karbi Anglong district along Assam-Nagaland border disrupting movement of vehicular traffic on the highway for more than four hours on Monday.
The protesters blocked the highway to condole the death of over 40 CRPF jawans in Pulwama terror attack in Jammu and Kashmir on Thursday last.
However, the protest turned violent when the protestors damaged a car proceeding from Nagaland side. The protesters stopped auto-rickshaws and other vehicles plying on the highway.
Senior police and civil officials rushed to the spot immediately and tried to convince the agitating public for withdrawal of the blockade. However, the protesters went ahead with the blockade forcing the police to resort to lathi charge to disperse them from the spot.
However, no casualty has so far been reported in the incident. The vehicular movement restored on the national highway from the evening.
The Bharat Trade Bandh was total and peaceful in Bokajan sub division on Monday.
The bandh was also spontaneous in Dima Hasao district. Haflong Merchant Association extended its full support to the bandh. All shops and business establishments remained closed during the bandh period.
The bandh evoked total response in Nagaon from the business community. Though the government offices, educational institutions were seen opened, all kinds of business establishments in Nagaon and other adjacent places remained closed during bandh hours.
The bandh was total and spontaneous in Guwahati city. Most of the commercial establishments and retail outlets across the stretches of AT Road, G.S Road, H.B Road have been closed since morning.
However, it could be seen that chemist stores are open in almost all parts of the city.
About 7 crore small businesses all over the country are said to be participating in the bandh.