|Tyres being burnt on the highway in Dimoria, Kamrup district on Monday. Picture by UB Photos
Nagaon, Sept. 23: A 24-hour strike called jointly by Tiwa and Karbi organisations from 5am today affected normal life in central Assam.
While the impact of the strike was felt in entire Morigaon district, it was partial in neighbouring Nagaon and Kamrup districts.
Morigaon police said the strike passed off peacefully. Apart from a few stray incidents, no major incident of law and order violation was reported.
Strike supporters burnt tyres at Jagiroad town in Morigaon district to block the East-West corridor. At Kamrup in Nagaon district, they blocked the state highway that links the town to Nagaon town in the morning hours. Police foiled their bid soon after the incidents were reported.
Morigaon additional superintendent of police (headquarters), H.K. Das, said all steps had been taken to prevent untoward incidents during the strike hours and to keep the East-West Corridor free from its impact.
He said they had arranged for security escorts for vehicles plying through central Assam districts.
The strike was part of the All Tiwa Students’ Union and the Karbi Students Unions’ 18-day-long protest that began on September 19 in support of their five-point demands.
The demands include decentralisation of certain powers of the Tiwa Autonomous Council in favour of village councils which were to be set up under the Tiwa Autonomous Council Act, 2005, Scheduled Tribe status for the Karbis living in the plains and immediate announcement of elections to the six Tiwa council constituencies where Dispur did not hold elections in 2010.
“Dispur had arranged elections for 36 Tiwa council constituencies in 2010 but polls were held only in 30 constituencies. We demand elections in all the remaining six constituencies in Kamrup district’s Dimoria revenue circle at the earliest,” the general secretary of the Karbi Students Union, Biren Timung, said.
“This is the beginning of our joint mass agitation in support of the legitimate rights of the deprived communities. We will organise processions and dharnas till October 7 in support of our demands,” Timung said.