The Telegraph
Tuesday , July 16 , 2013
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NDFB-S denies calling a strike

- Kokrajhar shuts down, as does the south assam district

Kokrajhar, July 15: A report in a daily saying the Songbijit group of the NDFB has called a bandh, shut down life in the district.

The NDFB(S), however, refuted the report saying it did not call any strike.

In a phone conversation with a section of the media in Kokrajhar today, NDFB (S) spokesman B.R. Farenga said the outfit had not called any bandh.

The newspaper authorities were not available for comment.

Business establishments, including markets and shops remained closed. Even Maldangpara bazaar which is usually open during bandhs, stayed closed today. Transport was also off the road. Attendance in government offices was thin.

The district has witnessed bandhs for five days besides a 300-hour economic blockade this month (See chart).

“It (bandh) has become a part of daily routine for us. It has robbed the students of classes, the poor of their daily wages and the traders of their businesses. Have these bandhs done any good for society?” a student asked.

“The frequently-called bandhs are no less unpardonable than corruption. It is harming society in every way,” he said.

“Frequent bandhs called by various organisations had damaged development process in the district and the students are the worst sufferers,” another resident said.

Apart from the students, guardians and businessmen also voiced their concern over the bandh culture as it affects the region, leading to high prices of essential commodities.

Strike dossier

June 3: National Highway blockade by AKRSU (Biswajit Ray faction)
June14: 36-hour Assam bandh called by National Santhali Liberation Army
June 15: 12-hour Kokrajhar district bandh called by Indo-Mongolian Youth Front
June 17: Kokrajhar district bandh by Santhali Tiger Force
June 17: Railway blockade by AKRSU (Biswajit Ray faction)
June 19: Highway blockade by AAMSU
July 1: 36-hour BTC bandh by Asomiya Oikhyo Manch
July 2: 300-hour economic blockade by AKRSU (Biswajit Ray faction)
July 9: 36-hour Assam bandh by AKRSU (Hitesh Barman faction)
July 12: 12-hour Assam bandh by All Adivasi Students’ Association of Assam

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