The 12-hour Assam bandh called by various organizations on Saturday to protest the killings of five Bengali-speaking people by suspected United Liberation Front of Asom (Independent) militants in Dhola in the state’s Tinsukia district made little impact in capital Guwahati.
From dawn, city buses and other vehicles could be seen plying from Khanapara to Maligaon freely. Cab services like Ola, Uber etc are plying on the city roads as well.
Interestingly, on October 23, when 46 organizations called an Assam bandh to demand scrapping of the Citizenship (Amendment) Bill, 2016, it was observed in most parts of the Brahmaputra Valley whereas Saturday’s bandh failed to affect normal life in Guwahati.
Most of the business establishments like shops and markets remained open, Government offices, schools and other educational institutions are functioning as usual.
Only a few shops in Lalganesh, Maligaon, Kahilipara, and Fancy Bazar areas of Guwahati remained closed.