Normal life paralysed in Assam due to bandh
Normal life was paralysed in Assam on Monday, following a 12-hour bandh called by the opposition Asom Gana Parishad (AGP), BJP and Left parties to protest against hike in fuel and LPG prices.
Official sources said in Guwahati that the bandh began amidst tight security at 5 am but there was no report of any untoward incident from any part of the state.
All schools, colleges and educational institutions, shops, business establishments, commercial and financial institutions remained closed, while vehicles, both private and public, remained off the roads.
Attendance in government offices was thin.
Several transport associations also have called a Chakka bandh on Monday to protest against hike in fuel prices.
The bandh was total in Guwahati and Upper Assam districts of Dibrugarh, Sibsagar, Tinsukia, Jorhat, Lakhimpur, Dhemaji, Central Assam districts of Nagaon, Morigaon and all Lower Assam districts.
Normal life was also affected in the Hill districts of Karbi Anglong and North Cachar Hills district with the Autonomous State Demand Committee (ASDC), Karbi Students Association (KSA) and Karbi Nimso Chingthur Asong (KNCA) extending support to the bandh.
Train services were affected in some places but there was no impact on air services, sources said.
AGP President Brindabon Goswami staged a protest at Tezpur with his supporters.