| Trucks stranded along NH 31(C) during a bandh in Kokrajhar. File picture |
Kokrajhar, Dec. 10: Road communication along National Highway 31(C) connecting the Northeast with the rest of the country was severely affected today in the wake of a 72-hour economic blockade called by the Peoples’ Joint Action Committee for Bodoland Movement.
The committee enforced the blockade to put pressure on the government for creation of a separate state of Bodoland among other demands.
The blockade began at 5 this morning. Police restricted plying of vehicles along the highway citing security reasons.
The chief convener of the committee, Jebra Ram Muchahary, however, said there was no restriction on plying of other vehicles, including buses and private vehicles. He said the activists would obstruct heavy trucks and other vehicles carrying goods during the blockade.
The economic blockade is part of a series of agitation declared by the committee.
The committee will hold a mass demonstration on Parliament Street, New Delhi, tomorrow It will be followed by an economic blockade from January 1, 2013, for an indefinite period.
The demands include creation of a separate state of Bodoland comprising 32 tribal belts, blocks and tribal sub-plan areas covering 25,478 square km on the northern bank of the Brahmaputra from the Sankosh river in the west to Sadiya in the east under Article 2 and 3 with special provisions under Article 371 (A) of the Constitution to expedite the NDFB (P)’s dialogue at a political level for an early and amicable solution to the long-standing Bodoland problem.
The committee also demanded Sixth Schedule status to the existing Non-Territorial Autonomous Councils of the indigenous tribal people, including Rabha Hasongs, Tiwas, Deuris, Sonowal Kacharis, Thengal Kacharis and the Misings.