FROM OUR CORRESPONDENT
TINSUKIA/MANGALDAI/GOLAGHAT, May 7: The 12-hour Assam bandh called by the Asom Ga Parishad (AGP) in protest against the land swap deal with Bangladesh evoked mixed response in the State today.
The bandh, which began at 6 AM, failed to evoke much response in most of the districts though protestors were seen taking out processions in some towns of state. Normal life , however, came to a total halt in Tinsukia with the educatiol institutions, offices — both government and private —along with banks and fincial institutions remained close. There was no vehicle traffic on the road in Tinsukia.
AGP activists staged protests at Tinsukia. Police apprehended 11 bandh supporters including AGP’s Tinsukia district committee president Prabin Dutta.
The bandh, on the other hand, had little impact at Mangaldai. Vehicles plied as usual across the area. Shops, government offices , educatiol institutes, banks and markets remained open and life was normal in the district.
It may be mentioned that the bandh called by AGP for the first time failed to evoke response in the Mangaldai.
According to the land swap deal, Assam will concede 268.4 acres of land in Boraibari in Dhubri district and Pallathal in Karimganj and in return would get 714 acres of land in Lathitilla-Dumabari area in Karimganj.
Normal life was affected in Golaghat due to the bandh. The Golaghat town wore a deserted look with very little vehicular traffic. Business establishments and shops remained close, as did most schools and other educatiol institutions. The AJYCP’s Golaghat district committee observed black day today in protest against the land swap deal.