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CCTO bandh cripples life all over State
Staff Correspondent
 JORHAT, Feb 13 - Normal life in Jorhat and Golaghat districts today was crippled following a 12-hour Assam bandh call from 5 am given by the Coordination Committee of the Tribal Organisations of Assam against the Centre’s decision to include six tribal groups of the State in the ST list.

However, confusion prevailed among the traders and people regarding the bandh-call as there was no proper information available with the people in the districts regarding the bandh call.

Most of the business and commercial establishments along with educational institutions, remained closed while vehicular traffic kept off the roads except for a few private vehicles. Attendance in the Government offices was thin in the two districts.

Our Dhemaji Correspondent adds: Normal life in Dhemaji district was affected by the 12-hour bandh called by Co-ordination Committee of Tribal Organisations of Assam (CCTOA).

Apart from minor group clashes that took place at Dhemaji Chariali and Gogamukh, the situation was peaceful in the district.

Shops and business establishments, banks and some educational institutions at Gogamukh, Dhemaji, Silapathar and Jonai remained closed for the day and plying of passenger vehicles was off on the National Highway-15 and other town roads.

The CCTOA had called the bandh protesting the government’s move to grant Scheduled Tribe status to six Assamese communities. They protesters fear that the 13 existing ST communities would be deprived from the rights and privileges enshrined by the Constitution if the six communities are added into the ST list.

The CCTOA with participation of District Tribal Sangha had staged a ‘12-hour hunger strike’ at Dhemaji and Jonai Sadar on Tuesday, demanding withdrawal of the Constitution (Scheduled Tribes) Order (Amendment) Bill, 2019.

Our Morigaon Correspondent adds: The 12-hour Assam bandh called today by the Coordination Committee of Tribal Organisations (CCTO) protesting against the Central Government’s proposal to grant ST status to six ethnic groups of Assam evoked total response in central Assam’s Morigaon district. All shops and business establishments remained closed while vehicles stayed off the roads on National Highway 37.

At about 7.30 am today, the bandh supporters blocked NH 37 and pelted stones on a BSF convoy at Jagiroad. The security forces rushed to the spot and launched a massive operation to track down the miscreants. A total of 10 picketers were arrested from different parts of the district. The situation is tense but under control. Meanwhile, the district administration has promulgated Section !44 Crpc prohibiting the assembly of five or more persons in public places.

Our Tinsukia Correspondent adds: The 12-hour Assam bandh call given by the Coordination Committee of Tribal Organisations, Assam against the granting of Schedule Tribe status to six communities hit normal life in Tinsukia today. All shops and establishments, educational and financial institutions remained closed during the bandh period. Except for a few private small vehicles, no other vehicle plied on the roads of the district. Attendance in Government offices was quite thin. No untoward incident was reported from any corner of the district till the filing of this report.

Our Bongaigaon Correspondent adds: The 12-hour Assam bandh called today by the Coordination Committee of Tribal Organisations of Assam opposing the government’s move to include six communities of the State in tribal list was total in Chirang district.

The picketers did not allow the educational institutions to conduct classes today during the bandh hours in Chirang district, some teachers alleged.

Meanwhile, the 12-hour Assam bandh called today by the All Assam Koch Rajbongshi Yuba Sanmilani demanding ST status to its community evoked full response in Bongaigaon district. Banks, markets and shops remained closed and passenger carrying vehicles were off the roads.

ANN Service adds from Gossaigaon: The dawn-to-dusk Assam bandh called today by the pro and the anti faction of the six tribes proposed to get ST status and the Coordination Committee of Tribal Groups got full response in Gossaigaon subdivision.

All business establishments, government and semi-government offices, banks, post offices, LICI offices were closed. Vehicular traffic was off the roads including on the national highway. However, educational Institutions continued to function. Train services were also normal.

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