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Bandh called by tribal body affects normal life in State
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A deserted road during the 12-hour bandh called by the Coordination Committee of Tribal Organizations of Assam (CCTOA), in Tinsukia on Tuesday. – UB Photos
 DIBRUGARH, March 13 - The 12-hour Assam bandh called by the Coordination Committee of Tribal Organizations of Assam (CCTOA) in support of their demand for filling up 12,155 posts reserved for scheduled tribes, passed off peacefully here today.Barring educational and a few financial institutions, all commercial establishments in the city were closed. The government offices too were affected partially by the bandh. Long distance commercial transport vehicles too kept off the roads.

TINSUKIA: The 12-hour Assam bandh called by the Coordination Committee of Tribal Organizations of Assam affected normal life in Tinsukia district today. In Tinsukia town, most of the educational institutes and financial bodies like banks, insurance offices remained closed. Shops and establishments too kept their shutters down during the bandh period from 5 am to 5 pm. Except a few private vehicles, no other vehicles plied on the roads of the district. No untoward incidents has been reported from any corner of the district till filing of this report. The bandh was given by CCTOA for fulfilling its demands that include filling up of about 12,155 backlog vacancies reserved for schedule tribes, to rehabilitate the victims of flood and erosions of Laika and Dodhia areas of Dibru-Saikhowa National Park and to allow the people of tribal communities, namely, Karbi, Mising, Rabha, Bodo and Adivasi of 450 villages of Sonitpur and Biswanath districts to cast their votes in the ensuing Panchayat election.

North Lakhimpur: The 12-hour Assam bandh called by the coordination committee of various tribal organizations against the apathy of the State government in fulfilling their demands as promised during the last Assembly polls, paralyzed normal life across Lakhimpur district today. The bandh saw a total shutdown of shops and business establishments and a total halt of vehicular movement across the district.

In North Lakhimpur town, all shops and business establishments remained closed and no public vehicles were seen on roads. However, banks and other financial institutes functioned normally during the bandh and government offices and judicial courts also remained open. The bandh also did not affect schools and colleges in the district headquarters. No reports of any untoward incident came from any part of the district during the bandh period in Lakhimpur.

KOKRAJHAR: The 12-hour Assam bandh called by the Coordination Committee of Tribal Organizations of Assam (CCTOA) demanding immediate filling up of 12,155 backlog vacancies for ST(P) and ST(H) of Assam, immediate rehabilitation of tribal farmers who were affected during the Laika-Dahioa floods and erosion and right to vote in the ensuing Panchayat election etc., affected normal life in the entire Kokrajhar district today.

All shops and business establishments, financial institutions, government and semi government offices remained closed during the bandh period. Vehicles were also off the road. However, vehicles plied on the National Highway 31-C under police escort. No any untoward incident has been reported till filing of this report.

UDALGURI: Along with most parts of the State, the 12-hour Assam bandh passed off peacefully in Udalguri district today. The bandh called by the Coordination Committee of Tribal Organisations of Assam in demand of filling up of backlog posts for the tribal people and revival of the Nagaon Paper Mill at Jagiroad, received support in the entire district.

During the bandh period, some bandh supporters burnt tyres at Tokonkata under Tangla PS and Harisinga under Harisinga PS. Vehicles were off the roads and all educational institutions, banks, post offices were closed during the bandh period.

JONAI (ANN Service): The Assam bandh called by Coordination Committee of the Tribal Organizations of Assam (CCTOA) today was total and passed off peacefully in Jonai subdivision of Dhemaji district.

Shops and other business establishments, banks and educational institutions remained closed for the day, while attendance in government offices was thin today. Apart from plying of some private light vehicles, vehicular movement on National Highway-15 and rural roads stopped during the bandh hours.

The bandh supporters blocked the highway at several portions and stopped movement of motor vehicles. The tribal organizations called the 12-hour bandh in support of their demand to fill up 12,155 backlog vacancies meant for scheduled tribes, rehabilitation measures for flood-hit and homeless tribal families at Laika and Dadhiya in Tinsukia district and voting rights of indigenous tribal families of Sonitpur and Biswanath districts, who have been debarred from voting in the forthcoming Panchayat election.

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