Breaking | Over 30 Assam Bandh supporters detained by police in Jagiroad

Jagiroad, January 11: As many as 30 supporters of the 24-hour Assam Bandh called by the Coordination Committee of the Tribal organisations were detained by the police after they created a ruckus and blocked the National Highway in Jagiroad on Friday.

Hundreds of vehicles were stranded on the road as the agitators staged a protest by burning tyres against the Bill to grant Scheduled Tribe (ST) status to six communities of the state.

When the situation turned violent, the police personnel chased the protesters and took them into custody.

In the meantime, additional police forces have been deployed to avert any untoward situation.

Protestors in Tamulpur, Nalbari burnt tyres in the streets to show their support to the Assam Bandh today.

The National Highway 35 at Dobaka in Hojai district was also blocked by Bandh supporters giving a harrowing time to commuters.

Also, the police detained over 20 people who were creating a road blockade at Barabhaar in Lanka.

It may be mentioned that the BJP-led central government’s move to pass the Constitution (Scheduled Tribes) Amendment Bill, 2019, has outraged the tribal communities.

The communities that are proposed to be included in the ST category are Koch Rajbongshi, Tai Ahom, Chutia, Moran, Matak and tea tribes of Assam.

The tribal organisations alleged that the Centre’s move would eliminate the genuine tribal people of the state.