Putting forth a strong demand for Scheduled Tribe status, a 12 hour long Assam Bandh has been called by a common platform, the Janagosthiyo Oikya Mancha consisting of six communities of the state.
The shutdown which came in effect from 5 am today is expected to see paralysing of daily life in several parts of the state. The bandh had earlier been called for a period of 48 hours, but it was reduced to 12 hours on the request of who are sitting for their exams.
The six communities who called for the shutdown are Tai Ahom, Moran, Mottock, Chutia, Koch Rajbongshi and Tea Tribes. These groups have been long demanding ST status and this bandh has been called as part of an ongoing agitation for the meeting of their demand.
In a bid to enforce the bandh, protesters put up burning tyres on the road today in Dibrugarh, Numaligarh and other parts of the state.