The 24-hour bandh in BTAD districts called jointly by All Santhali Students Union, AAGSU, Nath Jogi students Union, AKRSU opposing the land rights decision on the non-tribal people in BTC brought normal life to a standstill in various parts of Udalguri district on Tuesday.
The strike paralysed normal life with business establishment,government,private offices, markets and shops remaining down shutter.The major townships of the district including Kalaigaon,Tangla,Mazbat,Rowta,Harisinga Mazbat evoked full response.The bandh supporters burned tyres to mark their protest in many places of including Dimakuchi,Khoirabari,Panery.
The supporters also resorted to hooliganism and engaged in brawl with activists of All Bodo Students Union(ABSU) Dimakuchi injuring three persons following which 11 youths were picked up by Dimakuchi police.A group of protestors including women also gheraoed Dimakuchi police station demanding release of the youths.
Police sources revealed that 8 youths were booked under relevant sections of IPC and forwarded to judicial custody and 3 are being interrogated.
The issue of land rights in BTAD surfaced after BTC executive council on January 12 this year had unanimously decided that no tribal or
non-tribal could sell his/her land to any non-tribal in the BTC area without the permission of the BTC authority. It also decided that protected class of people as defined in Chapter X of Assam Land
Revenue Regulation, 1886, such as Santhal, Koch Rajbongshi, Nath Yogis, among others, would be considered as non-tribals in the BTC area.