Tracks damaged in 36-hr bandh

Nagaon, Jan. 19: Bandh supporters today damaged a railway track at Dhansiri in Karbi Anglong and attacked Haflong-bound vehicles at Lanka and Hojai on the second day of the “Dimaraji” bandh.

In Cachar, Lakhipur police picked up more than 150 bandh supporters from Shivpur when they were forcing shopkeepers to down shutters.

A Haflong police source said the 36-hour bandh passed off peacefully without any law and order incident in the troubled district.

In the first bandh-related incident recorded in Karbi Anglong, fish plates of the broad gauge trace were damaged by bandh supporters in the Dimasa-dominated Dhansiri area last night.

Major trains, including Amritsar Express and Jan Shatabdi, were kept suspended till 11am today after the damage was detected.

Thousands of bandh supporters blocked the tracks in that area for seven hours since the beginning of the bandh at 5am yesterday.

Hojai sub-divisional officer (civil) Munindra Sarma said agitated bandh supporters set fire to a Tata Sumo at Babulpathar at 12.30pm today.

A private vehicle was also damaged by an agitated Dimasa mob in the Kumurakata area this morning.

The 36-hour bandh, called by the joint action committee of Dimaraji movement, was in protest against the alleged apathy and delay in finding a political solution to the Nunisa-led mother faction of Dimasa militant group’s statehood demand. The proposed Dimaraji includes the entire Dima Hasao district and parts of Nagaon, Karbi Anglong and Cachar.

“No Dimaraji, no rest. We will continue our move for the dream homeland for the deprived people until and unless a fruitful solution is found,” the chief convenor of the joint action committee, Sanmoni Kemprai, said.

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