Assam Bandh: Joint platform of six ethnic tribes calls for 12-hour Assam Bandh


The Soy Janagosthi Joutha Mancha, joint platform of six ethnic tribes called a 12-hour Assam Bandh on Tuesday to press for Scheduled Tribe (ST) status evoked partial response.

While schools, offices and other establishments remained closed in several areas of the state, protesters burnt tyres. Police detained some protestors.

Adivasi, Chutia, Koch-Rajbongshi, Matak, Moran, and Tai-Ahom are demanding ST status. It has also decided to hold a ‘dharna’ on November 30 in Delhi.

In September this year different organisations demanding Scheduled Tribe staged protests in different places of Assam after Centre approved granting ST status to 12 communities from different states.

BJP prior to 2016 has promised ST status to six demanding communities. A cabinet subcommittee was constituted by the state government to look into the demands.

Diganta Tamuli, the general secretary of the Tai-Ahom Yuba Parishad stated that they will campaign against BJP in the 2024 Lok Sabha polls if ST status is not given.

Assam Police on Monday asked the organisation to call off its proposed Assam bandh on Tuesday. The police has served separate legal notices under Section 152 of the CrPC upon constituents’ units the SJJM and mentioned that as “there is every likelihood of the disturbance to the community at large and even breach of peace of the security and law and order due to the said bandh, you are hereby ordered to withdraw the bandh call and cooperate in maintaining peace.”

The notices further mention that “calling of bandh has been declared as illegal and unconstitutional by various judgments of the Supreme Court of India. “Your attention is drawn to the specific order passed by the Gauhati High Court in case No WP(C) 7570/2013 dated 19/03/2019 and you are hereby warned that if the said illegal and unconstitutional bandh call is not withdrawn immediately, strict legal action will be taken against you”.

The notices also mention that “in case there is damage to public or private property or injury to any citizen caused due to bandh, proper action under Prevention of Damage to Public Property Act, 1984 will be taken against you and (cost of) damage will be recovered from your organization.”


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