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Monday, November 2, 2009

Mixed response to PSYF-SWS bandh

SILCHAR, Nov 2: The 12-hour bandh called by the Progressive Students’ Youth Forum (PSYF) and Social Welfare Society (SWS) in Hailakandi and Karimganj today elicited a mixed response. The bandh was called in response to the CRPF firing episode that disrupted the Ainakhal rally in Hailakandi yesterday.

Sources said the bandh failed to evoke any response in the Hindu-majority areas whereas it was observed spontaneously in the Muslim-dominated localities. The sources said the bandh got a mixed response in Hailakandi. But in north Karimganj, which is a Hindu-dominated area, the bandh was a total failure.

The bandh was called in protest against the alleged atrocities of the CRPF and the police on common people who had assembled at Ainakhal to hear the speeches of anti-Gautam Roy leaders from both the ruling and the opposition party yesterday. The CRPF fired at least 20 rounds to disperse the mob, led by former AGP minister Sahidul Alom Choudhury, injuring four people.

The sources further said that all government offices and educational institutions remained closed today as it was a government holiday. Moreover, a non-political organization, Jatiya Sarak Sanskar Demand Committee (JSSDC), also called a 12-hour NH-44 bandh today. The bandh was called by JSSDC demanding immediate construction and repairing of NH-44.

The PSYF-SWS bandh had a total impact in south Karimganj which happens to be the constituency of associate Congress MLA Siddique Ahmed. Sources said Ahmed is at war against the "tyrannical rule" of Excise Minister Gautam Roy. The bandh was also felt in Ratabari and Asimganj as Karimganj Zilla Parishad president Mantaj Ali, who foiled the no-confidence motion allegedly instigated against him by Gautam Roy, belongs to Ratabari-Asimganj area. THE SENTINEL

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