At a time when state police administration are busy in receiving of ULFA’s founder general secretary Anup Chetia in Guwahati today after ending of CBI custody, normal life was paralyzed in Lower Assam districts including Kokrajhar, heart town of BTAD administration following the 12-hours statewide Assam bandh called by Six Community Aikhya Mancha pressurizing the government to accord Scheduled Tribe(ST) status to 6 ethnic communities of Assam. The manch have been demanding ST status to the six ethnic commmunities like Koch Rajbongsi,Adivasi,Motok,Moran,Chutia and Tai Ahom of Assam,yet governments have not been initiated any stern step to the demands.The Aikhya Mancha have been organizing several agitation and called state bandhs as well observed national highway blockade in the past occasion to put pressure the governments to the cause of ST status of six communities.
The bandh which was started from 5 AM this morning, was total in Lower Assam districts like Kokrajhar,Bongaigaon,Chirang,Baksa wore a deserted look during the bandh period. The Road transport communications along with National Highway were severely affected with vehicles remaining off the road. Business establishment like shops, markets, banks and educational establishment remained closed.
Konkon Jyoti Roy, All Koch Rajbongsi Students Union(AKRSU) leader said that the BJP led NDA and Congress led previous UPA government have been tactically delayed the issues of grating ST status to six ethnic communities in Assam. He has warned for a strong mass agitation programmes said, “If the government fails to accord ST status then the mancha will not allow BJP to come to power in the election.”