AASU protest
AASU activists burning tyres on a road in Diphu on Tuesday during 11-hour banch called by AASU. Image credit - Northeast Now

All Assam Students’ Union (AASU) waved black flags at Assam finance and health minister Himanta Biswa Sarma during his visit to the Diphu Medical College & Hospital on Tuesday.

The 11-hour bandh called by the AASU and North East Students’ Organisation (NESO) in protest against the Citizenship Amendment Bill (CAB) affected normal life in Karbi Anglong and West Karbi Anglong.

In Diphu, life came to a standstill with the business establishments and educational institutions remaining closed.

However, the examinations in schools were held.

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The government offices were open and few private vehicles plied on the roads.

The shops in the periphery of Diphu town were open.

Barring burning of tyres by the AASU activists at Birla in Diphu, there was no report of any violence from any part of the two hill districts.

In Bokajan, the bandh was total and AASU activists burnt tyres on the roads.

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The bandh was total in Parokhuwa, Howraghat, Bakalia and Dokmoka.

Communication was disrupted on NH 36 and 39.

In West Karbi Anglong district, the bandh call affected the normal life in Mailoo, Kheroni, Dongkamukam, Baithalangso, and Tumpreng.

Meanwhile, 15 activists of Karbi Anglong District Students’ Union (AASU), who were waving black flags at finance minister Sarma were detained by police from DMCH at around 1:30 pm.

The AASU activists including Karbi Anglong AASU general secretary Sorjun Hanse were kept at Diphu police station.

Nongee Terang

Nongee Terang is Northeast Now Correspondent in Diphu. He can be reached at: nongee.terang@gmail.com