Tension is still simmering in Sonitpur district were NDFB-S militants killed at least 50 people, mostly, Adivasi in a sudden incidents of serial attacks on Tuesday.
Violent protests and retaliatory attacks have forced the authorities to keep the trouble torn areas under curfew for the last two days. Only security forces are patrolling on the roads from early this morning in view of the 12 hour statewide bandh call given by the various Adivasi organizations.
Defying curfew some Adivasi people came out to the roads in some places to enforce the bandh. In some places, the bandh supporters tired to block the movement of vehicles by burning tyres on the roads. The bandh is total in the entire district.
GUWAHATI: All of a sudden, the river Brahmaputra has started flowing with dirty water much the major concern of the millions of people in Assam to have spotted the disaster in their lifeline. The polluted water was spotted only from Jonai area in Dhemaji down to the north eastern city of Guwahati by Sunday noon where hundreds of people beside the mighty river keep watching the water.
The authority has yet to react."We have yet to confirm. We have some procedure and without going into the details we can't react," said an official with the water resource development department.
Early in the morning a few fishermen spotted the polluted water in Jonai. " We noticed it after I came to know from the local fishermen. The epicentre I don't know. Our people have been probing it. I am waiting for the inputs," said Prafulla Chatradhar, a local environmentalist in Jonai.
Ravi Kant, a local resident in Arunachal Pradesh who lives on the river bank of Siang said none of the rivers in the state on Sunday has been flowing across with polluted water."
Bimal Das from Tezpur told Assam Times that people have stopped using the Brahmaputra river water after they have noticed the colour. "We noticed it from 9 in the morning and not early in the morning," said Das.
Pradeep Patra, who is heading a NGO said,"we have reasons to believe that it might be the handiwork of some big industrial unit along the Assam-Arunachal Pradesh border who might have dumped a huge heap of wastage on a tributary of the mighty river. However, we want proper investigation and the person or organization on question must be fixed,"
As usual, defying the diktat of militants, the journalist fraternity will observe Republic Day and hoist national flag at 11 am in the premises of Guwahati Press Club. The journalists and conscious people of Assam are taking the lead in organizing celebrations during both the Independence and Republic Day in the city. They argue that every patriotic Indian should celebrate both the Days to pay his/her heartiest tribute to all those martyrs of the Freedom Movement.