Bandh affects life in parts of Assam

Guwahati, Sep 6 : Life was affected in several parts of Assam, particularly western districts, during a 36-hour statewide bandh that ends today, called by the All Koch-Rajbonshi Students Union (AKRSU).

Sporadic incidents were reported from various parts of western Assam districts since yesterday.

Early this morning, as the bandh entered the second day, a coal-laden truck was torched by miscreants on national highway 31 in Golakganj in Dhubri district.

Yesterday, bandh supporters had burnt tyres on the national highway, crippling vehicular traffic severely.

Security forces have been deployed in large numbers to ensure no untoward incident.

The bandh was called in protest against allegations of AKRSU's hand in the death of Monser Ali on Thursday that triggered a flare-up between two communities in the Chautara Milanbazar area under Gossaigaon subdivision in Kokrajhar district.

Ali, 28, a resident of Kachukata Part I, was allegedly killed by youths from another community over a love affair. A communal clash erupted in which at least 10 houses were torched, forcing the district administration to deploy soldiers.