Normal life came to a standstill during the 12-hour bandh in the Bodoland Territorial Region (BTR) on Monday. 

The bandh was called in protest against the ‘killing’ of two youths by security forces in an encounter in Kokrajhar district of Assam. 

The two youths were suspected to members of newly floated insurgent outfit – the United Liberation of Bodoland (ULB).  

However, family members and villagers have claimed that of the two youths they were killed in a fake encounter. 

Notably, the dawn to dusk bandh was not called by any organization, but people spontaneously observed the bandh. 

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The bandh was total in BTR areas of Tangla, Kalaigaon, Udalguri, Orang, Rowta, Mazbat and Khoirabari.  

All kinds of vehicular movement, shops and business establishments were seen to be affected during the bandh hours in Udalguri district.  

However, no untoward incident was reported during the bandh hours. 

“Killings of accused by security forces in encounters have become a regular affair in Assam in recent times. It is setting a bad precedent and it is a gross violation of human rights. The Kokrajhar encounter calls for a judicial inquiry,” a senior advocate in Udalguri district said requesting anonymity.  

Shajid Khan

Shajid Khan is Northeast Now Correspondent in Udalguri. He can be reached at: itsshajidkhan@gmail.com