Guwahati, July 9 : Normal lives in many parts of Assam remains heavily disrupted when the All Assam Koch Rajbongshi Students’ Union (AKRASU) enforced a 24-hour statewide shutdown (bandh) on Monday.
The students’ organisation of Koch Rajbongshi community has called the bandh by demanding a separate state Kamatapur and inclusion of the community in the list of Scheduled Tribes (ST).
The 24-hour Assam bandh started from 5 am today called by the AKRASU turned violent after protestors pelted stones on the vehicles in different parts of the lower Assam’s districts.
The protesters came out to the streets and blocked the roads by burning tyres in Dhubri, Baksa, Bongaigaon, Barpeta, Goalpara districts.
Normal life has been disrupted in different parts of the state during the bandh.
An AKRASU leader said that, the both centre and state government have cheated the people of Koch Rajbongshi community.
“The Koch Rajbongshi community people are depriving to get ST status and we are demanding a separate Kamatapur state. But the government has cheated us and conspiracy made against us. If the government will not fulfil our demands, we will take weapons to protect our community,” the leader said.
(By Hemanta Kumar Nath, Guwahati)