Guwahati: The 12-hour Assam bandh called by Vishwa Hindu Parishad (VHP) in protest against the Government move to cede several hundred acres of Indian land to neighbouring country Bangladesh. This protest evoked mixed response in the capital city with no major incident of violence reported during the bandh period.
While the bandh was total in some districts including Tinsukia, Dibrugarh, Jorhat, Sivasagar, Darrang and Nalbari, long-distance buses run under the state transport corporation remained cancelled. In Guwahati, attendance in government offices was emaciated, while a section of business establishments remained shut. Banks too remained shut.
Senior Superintendent of Police (City) Deepak Choudhury told that the bandh passed off quietly in the capital city and police personnel were deployed across the city to avoid any kind of problematic incident.
While the opposition Asom Gana Parishad (AGP) too has opposed the swapping of land with Bangladesh, the All Assam Students’ Union (AASU) has sent a memorandum to the PM robustly opposing the move to cede several hundred acres of land to Bangladesh.
The government had only last week informed the Lok Sabha that Bangladesh was in adverse possession of 665 acre of land in the Assam sector. Of this, concerning 160 acre at Boroibari in Dhubri district is expected to be exposed to Bangladesh in lieu of concerning 360 acre in Karimganj district.