Partial response to bandh

The 12-hour chakka bandh called by the seven Garo organisations in Kamrup and Goalpara districts on Wednesday received partial response, with most of the long-distance buses running normally on the highways after the first two hours.

By Sofikul ahmed in Goalpara
  • Published 13.09.18
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Goalpara: The 12-hour chakka bandh called by the seven Garo organisations in Kamrup and Goalpara districts on Wednesday received partial response, with most of the long-distance buses running normally on the highways after the first two hours.

The bandh supporters tried to block National Highway 37 at Agia and National Highway 51 at Damra in the morning. However, the police thwarted the protesters and let the vehicles ply normally.

The police arrested two agitators who pelted stones at the vehicle of security personnel at Dudhnoi-Damra Road in the morning. No casualties or damage was reported.

The police also detained Smart Sangma, Biki Marak, Susang Sangma, Zenus Marak, Lav Dadia and three others from in and around Agia for trying to disrupt communication and pelting stones.

The seven groups - Garo National Council (GNC), Garo National Union (GNU), Garo Gaon Burah Sanstha, Garo Sahitya Sabha, Garo Mahila Parishad, Youth Parishad and All Achik Youth Federation - had declared the bandh against the state government's apathy towards the development of the Garo people residing in Assam.

On Saturday, these organisations held a meeting at Hudakona, a place near the Assam-Meghalaya border, and reiterated their long-pending demand for an autonomous council and all-round development for their people, especially those residing in Goalpara and Kamrup districts.