FROM OUTR CORRESPONDENT
SIVASAGAR, September 16: Fed up with frequent bandhs called by various organizations and political parties as a democratic means of protest, people of Sivasagar this time defied the Assam bandh called by Tai Ahom Yuva Parishad (TAYP) on Wednesday, just a day before Ganesh Puja which is to be followed by Biswakarma Puja.
The 12-hour Assam bandh was called in protest against the Centre’s decision to provide shelter to religious minorities from Bangladesh and Pakistan who had fled their countries as a result of persecution.
Since the celebration of Ganesh Puja and Biswakarma Puja have almost begun, the business community cannot afford any bandh at this time. Almost all government offices, business establishments and educatiol institutions remained opened and private vehicles, battery-rickshaws, rickshaws and ASTC buses were seen plying during the bandh hours. But, most of the banks chose not to take the risk and kept their shutters down.
On the other hand, police detained 11 TAYP activists including its Sivasagar District Committee secretary Suraj Gogoi from Pioli Phukan gar area.