Guwahati, Nov 3: A 24-hour Assam bandh called by a few Bengali organisations today against massacre of five persons by suspected ULFA(I) militants in Tinsukia district two days ago evoked mixed response in the state.
A Congress MLA was arrested, besides picketers from different parts of the state as the bandh supporters tried to close down shops and stop vehicles. The statewide bandh was called by All Assam Bengali Yuba-Chatra Parishad and supported by other Bengali organisations.
The bandh has been called to protest the killing of five persons by suspected ULFA(I) militants under Dhola police station in Tinsukia district of eastern Assam on November one.
Life was disrupted in a few places of central and southern Assam, but the bandh failed to evoke any response in other parts. Picketers damaged vehicles in sporadic incidents across the state, but could not disrupt vehicular traffic completely.
In Karimganj in southern Assam, Opposition Congress legislator Kamalakhya Dev Purkayastha and his supporters were arrested for attempting to impose the bandh. Other picketers were also arrested from different parts of the state.
The bandh did not have any impact on the main city Guwahati. (UNI)