– Adivasi team meets home ministry officials
Kokrajhar, July 12: The 12-hour Assam strike called by the Adivasi Ceasefire Co-ordination Organisation to put pressure on the government to fulfil their various demands, including conferring Scheduled Tribes (ST) status to the community, evoked mixed response in the Bodo belt and the lower Assam districts.
The strike, which began at 5am today, evoked mixed response in the Bodo heartland and BTC headquarters Kokrajhar.
Road communications were severely affected with public transport off the roads and the movement of vehicles on National Highway 31 thin.
Business establishments like bank and shops were also closed.
However, market and shops in Kokrajhar town were open.
Attendance is government offices was also thin.
The strike received a total response in Udalguri town with business establishments and markets remaining closed throughout the day.
On the other hand, the strike failed to evoke any response in Chirang and Baksa districts and had little impact in Bongaigaon town, with shops and markets remaining open all through the day.
The strike came in the wake of the organisation’s leaders canvassing in New Delhi to participate in the peace talks with the officials of the ministry of home affairs to work out solutions to their demands.
A 10-member delegation of the organisation, led by Adivasi Cobra Militant of Assam commander-in-chief Kanhu Murmu and chief convener of the organisation met Sambhu Singh, joint secretary for home affairs of northeastern region, in New Delhi yesterday and discussed the community issues, including granting of ST status to the community.
Sources in the organisation said the ministry of home affairs responded on a positive note and promised to solve their problems as early as possible.Courtesy:TheTelegraph.