A 12 Hrs Assam bandh called by non-Bodo organisation called in protest against the Bodo Accord brought life to a standstill in the four districts of come under the Bodoland Territorial Council (BTC), Baksa, Chirang, Udalguri and Kokrajhar.
The Narendra Modi government on Monday signed a fresh Bodo accord with the banned Assam-based insurgent group National Democratic Front of Boroland (NDFB) that aims to provide political and economic bonanza to the tribals.
Vehicles, including long-distance buses, remained off the roads and all shops and business establishments were shut.
The protesters on Monday burnt effigies of Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Home Minister Amit Shah in Baksa district.
The protesters also blocked roads and burnt tyres on various highways in Baksa, Chirang, Udalguri and Kokrajhar districts during the shutdown.
However, no major incident of violence has been reported so far in the following districts, police said.
All educational institutions remained closed though some examinations scheduled in the colleges were held. Railway services remained unaffected so far with all major trains running on schedule.
The bandh has been called by several organisations including the All Koch Rajbongshi Students’ Union (AKRSU), All Bodo Minority Students’ Union (ABMSU), All Adivasi Students’ Union, Oboro Suraksha Samiti, Kalita Janagoshti Students’ Union among others.
According to the media reports, under the new Bodo accord, the heartland of BTC, Kokrajhar is likely to be divided into two districts –Kokrajhar and Gossaigaon–while Baksa is likely to be divided into two districts – Baksa and Manas.
Besides this, Bhergaon is likely to be carved out of Udalguri district and two new districts — Holongi and Mainoshree-are likely to be carved out from Sonitpur, Biswanath and Lakhimpur.