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Golaghat strike lacks sting

Golaghat, Jan. 11: The 12-hour Golaghat district bandh called by the All Assam Tea Tribes Students’ Association (AATTSA) today failed to evoke any response.

Business establishments remained open in the town during the bandh and, with only two days left for Bihu, there was a huge rush in the market.

“By defying the bandh call, the people of Golaghat have taken a bold stand against the bandh culture. We hope that not a single shutter will have to be downed during any bandh in future,” president of the United Chambers of Commerce, Dipen Dutta, said.

Some activists of the students’ association tried to enforce bandh this morning, but failed to do so because of prompt police action.

The police arrested 21 AATTSA activists, including district president Jagadish Boraik. They were released in the evening on personal recognised bond.

The bandh had no impact in Bokakhat town either while it was partial in Sarupathar town.

The 5am to 5pm bandh was called by the AATTSA against the failure of the police to arrest Dhiren Gogoi, a businessman of Sarupathar, who had allegedly raped a 16-year-old minor of the tea tribe community on December 25.

The officer-in-charge of Sarupathar police station, Prasanta Phukan, said the police have registered a case under Section 376 of the IPC (case number 126/13) on the basis of an FIR filed by the victim on December 26 and efforts were on to nab the accused.