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1 killed in Assam bandh violence

The violence had claimed one person and left over 250 injured, reports Digambar Patowary.

india Updated: Nov 27, 2007 00:33 IST
Digambar Patowary
Digambar Patowary
Hindustan Times

Tribals killed a teenager in Kokrajhar and damaged several buses on Monday during the 36-hour bandh called by the All Assam Adivasi Students Association.

Santosh Kumar Prasad was stabbed to death and two were seriously injured after their vehicle was set on fire on the Amguri-Karigaon road in Kokrajhar district, official sources said.

The bandh was called in protest against Saturday’s clashes between tribal rallyists demanding ST status and residents of Guwahati.

The violence had claimed one person and left over 250 injured.

Allegations of tribal women being molested also surfaced.

A government spokesman said three persons have been arrested for allegedly stripping and molesting a tribal woman in Guwahati.

Although the shutdown was effective mostly across Assam’s tea belt, it had impacted highway traffic with supporters setting at least 20 vehicles on fire.

Traffic in Kokrajhar district was scarce and long-distance buses on the national highway were escorted by police. Five buses were damaged in stone-pelting overnight on the highway in Rajabari tea estate area of Sibsagar district early this morning, sources said.

Incidents of arson and violence were reported from Nagaon, Golaghat, Karbi Anglong, Darrang and Sonitpur districts, but there

were no reports of any casualties.

The police pushed back a mob of over 10,000 tribals from storming Tinsukia town in eastern Assam. A similar attempt at Magurmari in Kokrajhar was thwarted.

In Sibsagar’s Kakotibari area, the army gunned down a tea plantation worker mistaking him for an Ulfa militant.

Jharkhand bandh

Life was thrown out of gear in Jharkhand on Monday during a dawn-to-dusk bandh called by various social and political organisations to protest the killing of tribals in Guwahati. The bandh remained near total in urban areas and stray incidents of violence were reported. In Naxalite-affected areas, the bandh had a mixed response.

with inputs from HTC, Ranchi.

First Published: Nov 27, 2007 00:21 IST