Violence during 12-hour BTAD bandh in Assam

Last Updated: Thu, Feb 14, 2013 07:07 hrs

Udalguri/Guwahati: A Congress party office and three trucks were today set ablaze in Udalguri district and vehicles damaged in Baksa district in lower Assam where police fired in the air to disperse persons using force to impose the bandh in the area.

During the 12-hour BTAD bandh, called by the Rabha Hasong Joint Action Committee, unidentified persons poured kerosene on the Congress office, Rajib Bhavan, at Tangla in Udalguri district and set fire to its wooden doors and windows, police said.

The police fired in the air at Kalaigaon to disperse a group of persons using violent means to impose the bandh by forcing shop-owners to close down their shops.

At Khoirabari in the same district, some persons torched three trucks and blocked roads to prevent movement of vehicles. In neighbouring Baksa district, a car and two trucks were damaged.

The bandh enforcers stopped movement of all vehicles in the area, threatening to destroy them, police sources said.

The bandh, supported by the Rabha Hasong Students Union, was called to protest against the alleged killing of people of the Rabha Hasong ethnic community in police firing and clashes in Goalpara district during the panchayat elections on February 12.

Markets, shops, offices, banks, educational institutions remained closed and vehicles kept off the roads in the Bodoland Territorial Autonomous Districts (BTAD) comprising Kokrajhar, Udalguri, Baksa and Chirang districts, the sources said.

The death toll in the panchayat violence, meanwhile rose to 20 as two houses were set ablaze last night in fresh incidents on the outskirts of Goalpara town.

Two fire brigade personnel, who had gone there, also received bullet injuries. MORE

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