Assam bandh evokes mixed response

TINSUKIA, Oct 14 – The 12-hour Assam bandh call by the Asom Shikshak Karmachari Oikya Mancha today evoked partial response in Tinsukia district. Except public buses, all other small vehicles plied on the roads of the district and most educational and financial institutes remained open during the bandh period. Though major retail markets are closed, being weekly off day, other shops and establishments were open. Works in government, semi-government, tea gardens, oil fields, coal fields, etc., went on normally in the district. No report of untoward incident from any corner of the district receipt till the filing of this report.

Our Correspondents add:

Kalgachia: During the bandh hours, which had affected normal life in greater Kalgachia area, all educational institutions, banks, block development office, business institutes and road-communications remained closed.

Moreover, about 200 picketers (teachers) were arrested and kept in Kalgachia Police OP.

Chapar: The bandh passed off peacefully in Bilasipara sub-division today. No untoward incidents were reported during the bandh. All the government offices, schools, colleges, banks and business establishments were closed during the bandh period in the sub-division.

Hatsingimari: In response to the 12-hour Assam bandh, the teachers of all recognised (non-govt) schools and colleges of South Salmara-Mankachar (Hatsingimari) subdivision came out spontaneously to the road at 5 am today. During the bandh hours, schools and colleges, govt and non-govt offices, markets and business establishments, vehicular movements on the roads remained totally suspended.

The SDO (C), Hatsingimari, Isfakur Rahman, who tried to enter his office at 10 am was compelled by the agitating teachers to wait at the gate for about half an hour.

Kalaigaon: The bandh call evoked total response in Kalaigaon and Tangla areas and passed off peacefully. Vehicles were off the roads and shops, offices and educational institutions were closed.