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Violence erupts in BTAD during bandh

KOKRAJHAR: A least a dozen of people, mostly, drivers sustained injuries when an orgy of violence erupted during the 24 hours BTAD bandh call by a few non Bodo organizations on Tuesday opposing the land rights policy of the Boroland Territorial Council.

Bandh supporters in many places turned violence and set afire a few vehicles to enforced the bandh call. Some other supporters staged dharna opposing BPF’s stand on land rights of the non Bodo lots in BTAD areas.

An auto driver sustained serious injury when a section of bandh supporters in Choraikola area attacked him and poured petrol on his vehicle for defying the bandh call. He is batting with death at a hospital.

Some other supported enforced the bandh by burning tyres on the road apart from attacking a few drivers.

Vehicles are remaining off from the roads from 6 in the morning. Shops and markets, schools and colleges, banks and offices remained closed under the impact of the bandh which ends on Wednesday morning.

Hundreds of trucks and other vehicles are remaining stranded at various places along the 31C national highways in the area under the impact of the bandh.

Security forces lobbed tear-gas shells in Sidli to disperse the a crowd of supporters who  blocked the 31C national highway(NH).

As many as left people sustained injuries when the supporters enforced the bandh call. These include three truck drivers and three bandh supporters. The drivers received injuries when the bandh supporters pelted stones at Champa bridge in Chirang.

A group of bandh supporters  torched a bike at Chandrapara in Kokrajhar which belonged to Dwipayan Narzary, a teacher at UN Academy Kokrajhar as a teacher was coming to Kokrajhar via Chandrapara from Banargaon area.An FIR has been lodged against incident with police.

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