The first day of the 48-hour bandh called by Indigenous Tribes Protection of Karbi Anglong (ITPKA) evoked total response in Karbi Anglong and West Karbi Anglong districts of Assam on Wednesday. However, train services remained through the two districts have remained unaffected during the bandh hours so far.
The ITPKA has called for the bandh demanding creation of Autonomous State under Art. 244(A) of the Constitution, scrapping clause 8 of Bodo Accord and stopping the process of granting Scheduled Tribe (Hills) status to the Bodos living in the hill districts of Karbi Anglong, West Karbi Anglong and Dima Hasao. ITPKA is a little known organisation formed on September 30 with its office in Diphu.
The bandh was total in Diphu, the district headquarter of Karbi Anglong district as well as Karbi Anglong Autonomous District Council (KAADC).
All private and public vehicles were off the roads in Diphu where businesses establishments remained shut while educational institutions having annual examination going on remained open. As there were no auto rickshaws on the road, train passengers were seen walking from and to the Diphu Railway Station.
In Diphu, police and paramilitary personnel guarded road intersections with anti riot gear. However there was no report of picketers or any untoward incident occurring anywhere in the district.
There was no public transport but train services remain unaffected in the twin hill districts.
The bandh has had similar affect on life in Howraghat, Samuguri, Bakaliaghat, Dokmoka, Bokajan in Karbi Anglong as shops and other businesses establishment remained shut. The bandh was total in Baithalangso, Jengkha, Kheroni, Mailoo and others areas in West Karbi Anglong.