Langting bandh enters Day 6

Silchar: An indefinite bandh at Langting in Dima Hasao district entered the sixth day on Monday severely affecting normal life in the hill station.

Locals and non-Congress parties called the indefinite bandh on June 5 seeking re-poll in the entire Langting segment of North Cachar Hills Autonomous Council (NCHAC) which went to polls on May 20.

The bandh supporters on Monday also staged a day-long dharna in front of the office of the deputy commissioner of Dima Hasao in Haflong in support of their demand.

Reports from Langting, 37 km from Haflong, headquarters of Dima Hasao district, on Monday said all government offices, besides banks and educational institutions, remained closed and shops and business establishments have kept their shutters down for the past six days. Vehicles too have kept off the roads. However, train service on Lumding-Silchar section of Northeast Frontier Railway has remained unaffected.

Opposition parities have launched the indefinite bandh in Langting segment seeking re-poll in the entire segment, from where Congress' Debojit Thaosen was elected defeating his nearest Independent candidate Hemon Langthasa by a margin of 364 votes.

Hemon, mandal Congress president of Langting area, contested the poll as rebel Congress candidate after failing to get a Congress ticket to contest the polls.

Hemon has alleged that Thaosen won the election by rigging and large-scale irregularities in league with election officials.

Earlier on Monday about 200 people from Langting arrived in Haflong and gathered at Town Club ground from where they marched to the DC's office and staged dharna throughout the day.

The agitators later sent a memorandum to Assam governor J B Patnaik seeking a re-poll in the segment.