Diphu: Normal life was paralysed during a 12-hour bandh in Karbi Anglong and Dima Hasao districts of Assam on Thursday.
The shutdown was called by a conglomeration of 16 civil, political and student organisation against a recent statement made by Union minister of state for home affairs G Kishan Reddy in Parliament saying that there is no proposal of creating any autonomous state under Aricle 244(A) of the Indian Constitution.
In Diphu, the district headquarters of Karbi Anglong, no untoward incident has been reported so far. All business establishments were closed down and no buses were seen plying on the roads, except for a few private vehicles. However, the Diphu Municipal Board had ordered shopkeepers to keep their shops open.
However, healthcare facility, water supply, electricity and milk supplies have been exempted from the purview of the 12-hour bandh called in the two districts.
The bandh has been called by Hills State Demand Council (HSDC), CPI (ML), Karbi Students Association (KSA), All India Students Association (AISA), Karbi Nimso Chingthur Asong (KNCA), All India Students’ Association (AISA), and other organisations.
Addressing media persons at a press conference held on Wednesday in Lumding, KNCA general secretary Pratima Engheepi said that the conglomeration strongly condemns the recent statement made the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) minister in Parliament.
She also highlighted some of the earlier promises made by BJP leaders. Assam chief minister Sarbananda Sonowal had himself committed to the people of Karbi Anglong and Dima Hasao of providing them with the status of an autonomous state upon his visit to the districts during the recent election campaigns, she added.