Lower Assam and Karbi Anglong were on the edge on Monday with four bandhs for three statehood calls — Bodoland, Kamtapur and Karbi Anglong. The bandhs came as fallout of the Telangana effect and Bodoland found resonance in Parliament too on the first day of the monsoon session.
“We have appeal people not to indulge any violent activities. We will intensify our agitation after Eid,” said Pramod Boro, president of All Bodo Student Union.
But notwithstanding his plea, clashes and incidents of stone pelting were reported from parts of lower Assam, where the Bodoland Territorial Council-controlled districts of Kokrajhar, Chirang, Baska and Udalguri witnessed complete shutdown.
The National Highway 52 was blocked in Udalguri’s Rowta, the National Highway 31 at Goalpara’s Dhudhnoi. So were the rail tracks at Chirang district. In Sonitpur district, five persons were injured in stone-pelting. Clashes broke out in Baghmara.
In the curfew-struck Karbi Anglong, the situation remained tense, though no incident of violence was reported.