Precautionary steps for 1,000 hr-Assam, North Bengal bandh

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Guwahati, Dec 15 (UNI) The Assam government has taken all precautionary measures in view of the 1,000-hour Assam and North Bengal bandh called by the All Koch-Rajbonshi Students' Union (AKRSU) from tomorrow.

State government spokesperson and Cabinet minister Dr Himanta Biswa Sharma told newsmen here today that the government has taken all steps to ensure that no untoward incident occurs during the bandh period.

The bandh has been called to demand inclusion of the community in the Scheduled Tribe list and creation of a new Kamatapur state.

The government has also contacted Biswajit Rai, AKRSU president, and the latter is learnt to have assured of no violence during the bandh.

Dr Sharma informed that Mr Rai has assured that essential services would not be disrupted and no AKRSU supporter will forcibly enforce the bandh.

''However, we are not taking any chances and have taken all precautionary measures,'' Dr Sharma added.

Meanwhile, AKRSU supporters have sat on an indefinite hunger strike from today in Guwahati. They have also been joined by All Koch-Rajbonsh Mahila Samity and Chilaria Sena.

The activists had arrived yesterday to launch the stir, but police had detained them immediately upon getting down from the train in Guwahati railway station as well as those who had already reached the stir venue. The hunger strike commenced today.

UNI

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