Bandh cripples Upper Assam

Guwahati/ 3rd July’2017 (Prag News Desk): Spearheading the demand for Scheduled Tribe (ST) status, six communities burnt effigies of Prime Minister Narendra Modi, home minister Rajnath Singh and chief minister Sarbananda Sonowal across the state.

The protests were staged on the whole of Upper Assam, including Sivsagar, Jorhat, Abhayapuri, Amguri, Bhergaon, Gugamukh, Bogaigoan, Demow, Dhemaji viz…

The Tai Ahom Yuva Parishad started an indefinite blockade of Oil India Limited and Natural Gas Corporation (ONGC) installations across Upper Assam from 1st of July continued on Monday too, affecting the movement of crude oil tankers.

The protesters held a 24-hour statewide strike from 5am on Monday followed by a rail blockade scheduled on July 11, followed by an economic blockade.

Incidentally, the Centre-constituted modality committee had failed to submit its report for the fifth time in a row, triggering heated reactions from the agitating organisations.

The committee, headed by the special secretary (internal security) in the Union home ministry, Rina Mitra, was tasked to frame the modalities to grant ST status to the six communities of Assam and submit a report to make a way ahead in the issue pending since over three years. Before the 2014 Lok Sabha elections, the BJP had promised to meet the demand of providing ST status to six communities – Moran, Muttock, Koch Rajbongshi, Tai Ahom, Sutia and the tea tribes – within a year of coming to power.

Protestors thus stated that any further delay of the modality committee will lead to grave consequences.

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