GOALPARA: The 12-hour chakka bandh called by the seven Garo organizations in Kamrup and Goalpara districts on Wednesday received a partial response. Most of the distant buses ran normally on the highways after a small hesitation in the first two hours of the bandh.
The bandh supporters tried to block the national highways, NH-37 at Agia and NH-51 at Damra in the morning. However, the police administration thwarted the stiff resistance and let vehicles ply normally.
The police arrested two agitators who pelted stones at the vehicle of security personnel at Dudhnoi-Damra Road in the morning. However, no casualties or damages were reported by the police administration.
Police also detained Smart Sangma, Biki Marak, Susang Sangma, Zenus Marak, Lav Dadia and three others from in around Agia area for trying to disrupt the communication and pelting stones. Seven Garo organizations -Garo National Council (GNC), Garo National Union (GNU), Garo Gaon Bura Santha, Garo Sahitya Sabha, Garo Mahila Parishad, Youth Parishad and All Achik Youth Federation- had declared this chakka bandh against the State Government’s apathy and indifference towards the development of the Garo people in Assam.
On Saturday, these organizations held a meeting at Hudakona, a place near the Assam-Meghalaya border, and reiterated their long-pending demand for an autonomous council on satellite basis and all-round development for their people residing especially in Goalpara and Kamrup districts.