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Guwahati Bandh Hits Normal Life

A 24-hour Kamrup Bandh was called by the co-ordination committee of different trade bodies and chambers of commerce protesting the recent bomb blast at Athgaon. The bandh has evoked good response within Guwahati as well as the suburbs. The State unit of the Bharatiya Janata Party and Asom Gana Parishad had also supported the bandh.

Shops and commercial activities inside the city limits remained closed and the public transport system was near non-existent with a skeletal bus service run by the ASTC.

The bandh that started at six in the morning witnessed a dharna on the MG Road at Fancy Bazar, where a good number of representatives of civil society were present. They all urged the State and the Union Government to restart the talk process with the ULFA, which was reportedly involved in the recent blasts. Traffic movement was stopped by supporters of the bandh in Athgaon. There was very less vehicular movement in the city and Government offices also witnessed thin attendance.There was a general feeling of support for the bandh throughout the city. Residents of the city have openly voiced their concerns about the degrading situation in Assam with tactical support from across the border.

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