Guwahati: Normal life was affected in Assam following a 12-hour bandh called by the Bajrang Dal and a rail blockade by All Bodoland Muslim Students' Union (ABMSU) to protest violence in lower Assam districts though no fresh incident was reported on Monday.
The bandh was called by Bajrang Dal and supported by Vishwa Hindu Parishad and RSS to protest against the violence in BTAD districts.
ABMSU blocked railway tracks at Bijni in Chirang district demanding the scrapping of Bodoland Territorial Council and arrest of its chief Hagrama Mohilary which was later lifted.
Bandh supporters burnt tyres and pelted stones at vehicles in different parts of the state following which nearly 500 of them were taken into preventive custody from Guwahati, Golokgunj and Agomoni in Dhubri, police said.
The bandh was total throughout the state with all shops, educational and financial institutions remaining closed and attendance in government offices thin, the sources said. Vehicles remained off the roads and a few state transport buses plied with police escorts, the sources said.
There was no fresh incident of violence in lower Assam districts since Sunday evening. Seven people have died and two others injured since Friday taking the toll in the more than month-long violence to 87.
Night curfew was continuing in the districts of Kokrajhar, Chirang and Dhubri with the army patrolling the sensitive areas. Meanwhile, a group of Congress legislators led by senior MLA and former minister Bhumidhar Barman and ministers Nilamoni Sen Deka and Rockybul Hussain visited Chirang district and reviewed the prevailing law and order situation.


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