The Bodo-dominated belt in Assam tethered on the edge as a 48-hour bandh began on Monday morning demanding a separate Bodoland state even as Bodo MPs stopped proceedings at the Rajya Sabha on the first day of the Parliament's monsoon session.
A bandh in the Bodo belt cuts off surface communication between Assam and the rest of the country.
Though the bandh was earlier called for 60 hours it was later scaled down to 48 hours in view of the forthcoming Eid celebrations. The bandh has been called by the Bodo National Conference (BNC), the umbrella body of frontal Bodo organisations.
On Sunday, the BNC had served an ultimatum to the government and warned that they will take their fight to Parliament.
The movement for a separate Bodoland state has gained momentum after the UPA government announced its decision to create a separate Telangana state out of Andhra Pradesh.
The district of Karbi Anglong has also witnessed largescale violence in the past few days over the demand for creation of a separate state.