Bandh was called by the All Assam Non-Tribal Students Union demanding the exclusion of all non-Rabha villages from the Autonomous Council

Normal life was disrupted in lower Assam’s Kamrup district on Wednesday following a 96-hour Rabha-Hasong area bandh from 6 a.m. called by the All Assam Non-Tribal Students Union.

No untoward incident has been reported so far.

Offices, banks, educational institutions, markets and shops remained closed in Boko, Chaygaon and Bamungaon areas of southern Kamrup falling in the Rabha-Hasong Autonomous Council areas, official sources said.

Vehicles also kept off the roads and on the National Highway 37 passing through the affected areas, the sources said.

Security arrangements have been intensified in the district with paramilitary forces and police patrolling the area with the army on standby to assist the district administration in any eventuality, they said.

The bandh was called to demand the exclusion of all non-Rabha villages from the Autonomous Council, for which a three-phase election between November 13 and 25 has been announced recently.

Opposing the election, violence had erupted in Goalpara district on October 20 with a school and three vehicles being burnt down, while a bandh was also called by the Garo National Council and 10 non-Rabha organisations.