Normal life was on Wednesday disrupted in several districts of Assam during the day-long bandh called by the anti-talk faction of the United Liberation Front of Asom (ULFA).
Besides, the Brahmaputra Valley, the bandh also affected life in the lower Assam districts of Bongaigaon, Nalbari, Goalpara, Kamrup Rural, Udalguri and Darrang.
The bandh was total in the violence-hit districts of Kokrajhar, Chirang and Dhubri.
However, it failed to evoke any response in three Barak Valley districts of Cachar, Karimganj and Hailakandi and also in the Dima Hasao hill district.
Independence Day celebrations was held without any hindrance in all the districts.
There were no reports of any untoward incident from any part of the state.
Additional forces had been deployed in many areas to prevent any subversive activities by militants.
While road transport was affected, flights and trains operated normally. Operation of long distance public buses was affected.
In Guwahati, shops and business establishments remained closed during the day. Traffic on the road was minimal even though some private vehicles were plying.
The anti-talk faction of ULFA had called the bandh terming August 15 as a “black day” for the people of Assam.
The outfit has been issuing bandh call on this day for the last several years.
Six other outfits of the north east, including the Ranjan Daimary faction of the National Democratic Front of Bodoland, haD also called for a boycott of the Independence Day in the entire region.
In central Assam, shops remained closed and vehicles were off the roads in Nagaon, Morigaon and Sonitpur districts.
Similar was the scene in the upper Assam districts like Jorhat, Tinsukia, Sibsagar, Dibrugarh, Lakhimpur and Dhemaji.
In Karbi Anglong hill district, normal life was thrown out of gear on account of a 36-hour bandh call given by the Karbi Peoples’ Liberation Tigers (KPLT).