From a Correspondent
JORHAT, Dec 27: Over dozens of vehicles were damaged and more than 20 activists of All Tai Ahom Students’ Union (ATASU) were held when they tried to stop plying of vehicles within the district of Jorhat and forced various business establishments to down their shutters during the bandh called by the ATASU on Wednesday, said police sources.
According to Hemen Das, the officer in-charge of Sadar Police Station, though various picketers tried to stop vehicles and burn tyres in the middle of the NH-37 bypass, AT Road and at -Ali, Gar-Ali and Mariani Road, due to quick response of the police, the situation could be brought under control. However, over 20 picketers were arrested at Teok, Titabor, Mariani and Jorhat but were released on PR Bond late in the evening.
During the bandh, the attendance at the DC’s office, DTO office, ASEB and other government offices was poor, all long and short distance vehicles remained off the road, business establishments remained closed and ferry services to and from Majuli island district were off but passenger trains, including UP Chiphong Express, Tinsukia Passenger Express, Dimapur-Mariani Special and Jan Satabdi Express were running on time. Moreover, the NRC work process at 64 NRC Sewa Kendras was hampered during the bandh hours as very less number of employees could come for work.