The security arrangements have been tighten in Assam in view of the Bharat Bandh (nationwide shutdown) called by farmers’ outfit to protest against the controversial new agriculture laws.
Several trade and transport unions have extended support to the bandh and almost all opposition parties have backed their demands.
In Assam, as many as 13 opposition parties including Congress, AJP and Left parties have extended support to the nationwide strike.
Police patrolling across the state has been increased to ensure the shutdown remains peaceful.
The security forces are also keeping a vigil at the railway stations to avoid any ‘Rail Roko’ protest in the state.
Normal life has been affected as commercial vehicles off the roads in view of the shut down.
Farmer leaders said their strike will remain peaceful and that no shops and establishments will be forcibly closed on account of the Bandh. “There will be complete ‘Bharat bandh’ till 3 pm Tuesday, but emergency services will be allowed,” farmer leader Balbir Singh Rajewal told reporters.
On the eve of the nationwide strike, the Centre asked all states and Union Territories to tighten security and that peace and tranquillity must be maintained during the strike.