Assam witnesses shutdown over Indo-Bangla land swap
Assam witnessed a nine-hour shutdown on Monday, as taking a rigid stand on the proposed land swap deal with Bangladesh the Vishwa Hindu Parishad and BJP's Bharatiya Yuva Manch jointly called for a bandh.india Updated: Sep 05, 2011 19:01 IST
Assam witnessed a nine-hour shutdown on Monday, as taking a rigid stand on the proposed land swap deal with Bangladesh the Vishwa Hindu Parishad and BJP's Bharatiya Yuva Manch jointly called for a bandh.
The bandh, which was supported by the Asom Gana Parishad, partially impacted life across the state. However, educational institutes were exempted from the purview of the bandh owing to Teachers' Day celebration.
"The move to give away our land to Bangladesh is terrible. We're giving away the land where our soldiers had laid down their lives for the sake of the nation," VHP Assam unit leader Abhijit Deka said.
The influential All Assam Students' Union (AASU) chose not to be a part of the 'right-wing' shutdown but has threatened a statewide movement if the government inks the deal with Bangladesh.
In a memorandum, the students' body urged the Prime Minister and Assam chief minister not to cede even an inch of land to Bangladesh under any circumstances.
The AASU also expressed deep concern over the unabated influx of Bangladeshi migrants into the state.
The proposed land swap deal with Bangladesh is likely to be finalised during Prime Minister Manmohan Singh's three-day trip to Dhaka from Tuesday.
The Prime Minister, who represents Assam in the Rajya Sabha, would be accompanied by the chief ministers of Assam, Tripura, Mizoram and Meghalaya - all sharing border with Banghadesh.
Assam shares a 272-km-long long border with Bangladesh, which is in adverse possession of 665 acres of the state's land - 160 acres in the western Dhubri district and 505 acres in the southern Karimganj district.