Assam bandh passes off peacefully

The 12-hour Assam bandh called by tribal organisations to protest against the death of 12 persons in police firing in Goalpara passed off peacefully on Saturday even as National Human Rights Commission sought reports from the Centre and state authorities on the poll violence.

The dawn-to-dusk bandh was total in Rabha Hasong Autonomous Council areas of Goalpara and Kamrup Rural districts, besides Baksa, Kokrajhar and Chirang districts in the Bodoland Territorial Area Districts and in Morigaon district in central Assam, official sources said.

Shops and business establishments, besides educational institutions, remained closed during the bandh called by Assam Sanmilita Janajatiya Aikya Mancha and supported by a number of organisations including All Assam Tribal Sangha. The bandh also affected road traffic including National Highways 37 and 51.

All banks remained closed and attendance in government offices was thin. However, the bandh did not have much effect in the non-RHAC areas. Counting of votes for panchayat polls continued at polling centres, including at Goalpara College.

There has been no fresh incident of violence during past 48 hours in Goalpara district. But night curfew between 8 pm to 6 am will be in force in Mornoi and Krishnai police station areas.

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