Kokrajhar: The 36-hour Assam bandh called by the All Koch-Rajbongshi Students’ Union (AKRSU) to demand the creation of separate Kamatapur State and ST status to the community evoked a lukewarm response on the second day on Thursday in Kokrajhar district. The main market of Kokrajhar town functioned normally and most of the shops and business establishments were open. Vehicles, other than long-distance commercial vehicles, were seen plying on the road while government offices and banks functioned normally. No untoward incident was reported from any part of the district.
Meanwhile, a well-known businessman of Kokrajhar, P. Das said the organizations which often call bandh for their issues should take alternative options of agitation to raise their issues and to pressurize the government as bandh has no credential in modern times. He said bandhs had no impact on the government but people, especially businessmen and students, had to suffer a lot. A headmaster of a local English medium school said that students were the worst sufferers of bandhs. He also said that the Assam government should initiate stringent action against the organizations which call bandhs.