Dhubri, Aug. 23: A 24-hour statewide strike called by the Asom Muslim Autonomous Council Demand Committee today evoked a mixed response in lower Assam.
While the strike had little impact in Dhubri district, all business establishments remained closed and vehicles stayed off the roads in Goalpara and Barpeta districts.
Strike supporters, however, burnt tyres on the road to block traffic at Lakhiganj in Dhubri district.
A section of teachers and employees did not turn up while teachers and students of Bholanath College had to return, as its office remained closed.
The BJP opposed the strike and said the administration should deal with such calls with an iron hand.
“We submitted a memorandum to the Dhubri deputy commissioner yesterday, demanding action against the organisation that had called the strike,” the president of the BJP’s Dhubri district unit, Dipak Kumar Saha, said.
He said the demand was a potential threat to national security and the government should take this seriously.
Dhubri additional superintendent of police Prasanta Dutta said the police and security forces ensured the security of businessmen who had opened their shops since morning. “No untoward incident took place in the district,” he added.
Cadre held: A cadre of the Songbijit faction of the National Democratic Front of Boroland (NDFB) was apprehended by the army’s Red Horns Division today.
A 7.65mm pistol and two rounds of ammunition were recovered from the cadre, who was identified as Daphlang Mushahari, 19, of Amguri in Chirang district.