Assam Bandh Halts Life, Supporters Demand Release of NDFB Chief Ranjan Daimary

Streets in Kokrajhar wore a deserted look as NDFB calls for a 12-hour Assam bandh. Courtesy: TIME8
Streets in Kokrajhar wore a deserted look as NDFB calls for a 12-hour Assam bandh. Courtesy: TIME8
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Kokrajhar, January 31, 2019

The normal life came to a standstill on Thursday amid the 12-hour Assam bandh called by the National Democratic Front of Boroland(NDFB) in a protest against the verdict pronounced by a special court on NDFB over 2008 Assam bombings case.

The streets wore a deserted look as all kinds of road communication including the market establishments remained closed since 5am today across the BTAD districts.

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It may be mentioned that a special court here on January 30th, 2019 sentenced NDFB chairman Ranjan Daimary alias DR Nabla to life imprisonment, in the serial bomb blasts in Assam that claimed 88 lives and left around 500 injured on October 30, 2008.

Most of the business establishments remained closed in BTAD districts
Most of the business establishments remained closed in BTAD districts. Courtesy: TIME8

Apart from Daimary, nine others were also sentenced to life imprisonment. Including Daimary, 14 others were convicted in the October 30, 2008 Assam bombings. The founder-chief of the militant outfit, Daimary will challenge the sentence at the higher courts.

Post the verdict, the NDFB called for a 12-hour Assam bandh demanding early release of Ranjan Daimary and his associate who are sentence life imprisonment.

Peoples Joint Action Committee for Bodoland Movement also extended support for the bandh.