Fuel Price Fire : Bandh affects normal life in Assam , AP ; no impact in Meghalaya

Itanagar/Guwahati/ Shillong  , Sep 10 : Normal life was affected in Arunachal Pradesh Monday by the Bharat bandh called by the Congress to protest the rising fuel prices.

All shops and business establishments including banks and educational institutions were closed in the state and private vehicles were off the road.

In the state capital about 100 Congress activists including Mahila Congress workers, Youth Congress president Geli Ete and Arunachal Pradesh Congress Committee (APCC) secretary John Taksing were arrested by police, a police officer said.

The protesters burnt tyres in many places in the state capital and in various other places to block roads, Superintendent of Police, Itanagar, M Harsh Vardhan said.

AICC general secretary Jarjum Ete alleged that the SP used abusive language against several Mahila Congress activists and a complaint would be lodged against him with the DGP.

Arunachal Pradesh Congress Committee president Takam Sanjoy claimed that the bandh is total and peaceful.

Meanwhile,Bharat bandh called by Congress party has affected life in Assam especially because of disruption in public transport system and rail communication between Barak Valley and Assam Valley. A large number of Congress party members including former minister Rakibul Hussain have been arrested by police for trying to enforce the bandh in different parts of the state.

Congress workers came on the highways in different districts to enforce the bandh called against spiralling fuel prices while there were reports of clashes between Congress workers and members of the ruling BJP from many parts of the state.

The bandh has paralysed life in Bodoalnd Territorial Autonomous District Council (BTAD) areas as well as Barak Valley districts . The Northeast Frontier Railway (NFR) has cancelled Silchar-Guwahati fast passenger train service on Monday.

The bandh has had mixed response in capital city of Guwahati where many business establishments kept the shutters down . Some of the education institutions too remained close. Government offices are functioning here.

A report from Shillong says that  Congress in Meghalaya, which had pushed for legal action against shutdowns during its rule five years ago, has abstained from nationwide Bharat bandh against fuel price hike.

AICC’s Meghalaya in-charge Luzinho Faleiro said the party has not enforced the shutdown in the State in view of the Meghalaya High Court’s ruling against bandhs in 2013. The Gauhati High Court, too, had given a similar ruling.

The Congress, though, has appealed to the civil society to support the bandh against fuel price hike by other parties including the Left. Congress leaders would be carrying out a protest march in State capital Shillong in the afternoon.




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