Garo organizations call off 48-hour Assam bandh
Goalpara: The United Garo Autonomous Council Movement Committee (UGACMC), an umbrella organization of several organizations of Garo people living in Assam, has withdrawn its 48-hour Assam bandh call that began from Tuesday morning.
“We have withdrawn the bandh call after the Goalpara Superintendent of Police Susanta Biswa Sarma assured us to arrange a talk with the government. However, we will continue our agitation if the talk fails,” said Alex K. Sangma, chairman of UGACMC.
Meanwhile, Susanta Biswa Sarma, Goalpara Superintendent of Police, while talking to The Sentinel, said, “Bandh culture doesn’t help any community. Moreover, Goalpara is a peaceful district. So, I have requested the Garo leaders to refrain from agitation and also to withdraw the bandh. Besides, I have assured them that I will inform the government about their demands and the need for a talk.”
On the other hand, there were reports of pelting stones at the commercial vehicles plying in the Assam-Meghalaya border by the bandh supporters. “Windowpane of a goods truck was broken by miscreants at Nokhmakhundi. Another incident of pelting stones happened at Paikan in which no damage was reported,” said a source.