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Assam bandh evokes mixed response

  • Published at 11:19 pm November 3rd, 2018
Assam
Activists of Assam Pradesh Congress Committee (APCC) shout slogans during a protest in Guwahati against the killings of five Bengali-speaking men on Friday REUTERS

Five persons in Assam’s Tinsukia district were gunned down on Thursday around 8pm by a group of unidentified assailants

The statewide bandh on Saturday called by sundry organizations in Assam to register a protest against the killing of five Bangla-speakers in the Tinsukia district evoked mixed response. The Brahmaputra Valley practically remained unaffected by the bandh.

On the contrary, the bandh had its total impact upon the three districts of the Barak Valley – Cachar, Karimganj and Hailakandi.

Hundreds of supporters were arrested by the police all over these three districts for attempting to enforce the bandh, which had no impact in the eastern Assam districts including Dibrugarh, Sivasagar, Jorhat, Golaghat where normalcy lingered during the bandh hours.

Normalcy was maintained across the length and breadth of the city of Guwahati as city buses and vehicles were seen plying freely.

Shops, markets, government offices, schools and other educational institutions functioned as usual.

The Government of Assam on Friday issued strict instructions to all the heads of district administrations, education institutions, and business houses to defy the bandh call and continue to function normally.

Five persons in Assam’s Tinsukia district were gunned down on Thursday around 8pm by a group of unidentified assailants.

According to the police, a group of assailants with sophisticated weapons came to Kheroni village of Tinsukia and called out five persons from a nearby tea-stall as they were playing Ludo.

The assailants subsequently opened indiscriminate firing on those people before fleeing under the cover of darkness.

Police sources believe that the United Liberation Front of Assam (ULFA-Independent) was responsible for the killings.

The police have identified the victims as Shyamlal Biswas, Ananta Biswas, Abhinash Biswas, Subal Biswas and Dhananjoy Namasudra – all of them Bengalis.

However, the ULFA-Independent denied their role in the killings.