| One of the trucks which was torched in Goalpara district on Monday. Picture by UB Photos |
Goalpara, Aug. 26: Two goods carrier vehicles were torched in Goalpara district in lower Assam this morning during the 12-hour strike called by the Bodo Coordination Committee in Goalpara and Kamrup districts.
The first vehicle, rice-laden and bearing registration No. AS 01DD 1049, was torched at Nabang under Krishnai police station, 45km from this town, on its way to Meghalaya.
The second truck (AS 25B 8947) was set ablaze at Khardang, about 50km from here. The vehicle, carrying baby food, was also going towards Meghalaya from this town.
The Bodo Coordination Committee called the strike demanding reservation for Scheduled Tribes in the Rabha Hasong Autonomous Council.
“We are not against the Rabha Hasong Autonomous Council. But we want all tribes living in the area to get the opportunity to send their representatives to the council. We were surprised when the state election commissioner declared the list of the council’s constituencies twice in a day,” said Kanishka Hazowary, president of the committee.
“When the state election commissioner declared the first list, we accepted it because 25 of the 36 constituencies were reserved for Scheduled Tribes and the rest 11 were general. But no seat was reserved in the second list declared that day. This compelled us to call a 12-hour Goalpara district and Kamrup district bandh,” he added.
The committee threatened to intensify its agitation if its demands were not met.