Truck with pigs set ablaze in Assam

Guwahati, Sept 2 : A truck was set on fire by bandh supporters on NH-39 in Assam’s Karbi angling district during the 72-hours Karbi Anglong bandh on Wednesday, officials said.

A truck was reportedly burnt down by bandh supporters during the 72-hours Karbi Anglong bandh on NH-39 at Deopani area in the hilly district. The vehicle was carrying 70 pigs from Haryana to Dimapur in Nagaland.

“The 10-wheeler truck was fully damaged and 56 pigs died in the fire,” a fire official said.

Karbi Anglong Students Union and other few organizations called a 72-hour bandh in demand of separate state under 244(A) article and to protest against land encroachment in Assam by Naga and Arunachali people.

The bandh supporters blockaded the National Highway (NH)-39 with over 100 uprooted trees near Nambor Reserve Forest area.