36-hr Assam bandh by adivasis end

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Guwahati, Nov 27 (UNI) The 36-hour Assam bandh, called by adivasi students against Saturday's clashes in Guwahati, ended this evening, leaving one dead and a trail of injured.

As the horrified state looked back to Saturday's incidents, the All Adivasi Students' Association of Assam (AASAA)-sponsored bandh began yesterday on a bloody note, affecting life, particularly in the tea belts.

The AASAA had called the bandh after its supporters were injured and one was killed in retaliatory violence by an angry public in Beltola area of Guwahati.

Fresh incidents of violence were reported from Tezpur and Dibrugarh today.

According to official sources at Tezpur, a rerun of the Guwahati incident almost happened when a group of 200 strong adivasis came to enforce the ongoing bandh. They attacked shops and forced them to close down.

This angered the locals and they chased away the adivasis, burning almost 150 cycles brought by them. Two adivasis and one shopkeeper were injured in the melee.

The security forces had rushed to the spot and brought the situation under control.

In a separate incident, three people were injured and their vehicle was damaged by bandh supporters near Naoxolia in Dibrugarh district.

The protestors beat up the three people travelling in the vehicle and badly damaged it before snatching away their belongings, official sources said.

Another group of 3000 strong adivasis from tea gardens, led by Duliajan unit's Bhojpuri Yuba Chatra Parishad president Gopal Singh, tried to enter the oil township of Duliajan this morning, the sources said.

After district authorities restricted their procession at Hukutachandi, they burnt the effigies of Assam ministers Prithvi Majhi, D P Goala and Rameswar Dhanowar, former Assam Congress president P Singh Ghatowar and other political leaders.


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