Tezpur witnesses violence during 24-hr Assam bandh

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Guwahati, Nov 28 (UNI) Sporadic violence marked the Santhals- sponsored 24-hour ''Assam Bandh'' today to protest against the November 24 incident.

The bandh, called by the All Assam Santhal Students' Union, affected life mostly in the tea belts and Adivasi-dominated areas. Long distance buses and trucks were escorted by police in convoy at several places.

Police said a large number of Adivasi picketers had gathered in Rangapara area in Tezpur during the day.

The area, surrounded by tea gardens, and its adjoining areas had also witnessed violence during the 36-hour statewide strike yesterday.

The picketers gathered near the Rangapara police station but prompt police intervention ensured that the situation remained under control. The picketers were later sent back home.

No other incident of violence had been reported so far.

Meanwhile, an all-party meeting, attended by the Assam Gana Parishad, CPI, PLP (Purbanchalia Lok Parishad), Asom United Democratic Front, Bodoland People's Progressive Front (Rabiram faction), NCP and RSP was convened.

In a joint press conference after the meeting, the leaders called for restraint and peace in the state.

They urged the people not to get divided on community lines and maintain peace and harmony.

The November 24 clashes between Adivasi processionists and locals had left one dead and 250 injured.

UNI

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