statesman news service
Guwahati, 4 August
The bandh (general strike) culture has re-emerged and gripped Assam following the decision of the Central government to create Telangana. At least four aspirant communities and groups have come out with various demonstrations demanding separate states out of Assam and West Bengal, where protest programmes in Karbi Anglong district and many parts of west Assam turned violent killing at least two and injuring 20.
Fighting for Bodoland State, various Bodo people&’s organisations have come out for their goal. After the day long railway blockade on Friday, the agitating Bodos under the leadership of the All Bodo Students’ Union (Absu) have called for a 60-hour Assam Bandh starting tomorrow morning.
The Absu president Pramod Boro argued that their movement is not against the people of Assam and they would maintain peaceful demonstrations. He had criticised the state government for its conspiracy to crush the democratic movement of the Bodo people and urged the Central government for taking a clear decision on Bodoland in the line of Telangana.
Meanwhile, the hill districts of Karbi Anglong and Dima Hasao remained tense, though no major violent activities were reported from the two districts. As the situation in Diphu, the head quarter of Karbi Anglong slightly improved, the authority had relaxed
curfew for four hours from 8 a.m. today.