After the 12 hour Tinisukia bandh called by The All Assam Bengali Youth Students’ Federation (AABYSF) on Friday against the Dhola Mayhem, a 24 hours Assam Bandh has been called by the organisation on November 3, Saturday, from 5 am against the killing of five innocent people. The students’ body has sought the cooperation of the people to make the bandh a success. However the emergency services would not be halted during in bandh, said the organization.
The incident occurred amid the turmoil in the state against the Citizenship (Amendment) Bill 2016. Various organisations of the state condemned the incident and appealed the people to maintain peace and not complicate matters with provocative remarks.
Earlier on Thursday, four motorcycle-borne gunmen indiscriminately opened fire on the people who were playing ludo in a dhaba at Kherbari Village under Dhola Police Station. According to locals, the armed militants came in Army fatigue and started firing at the people.
Assam Chief Minister Sarbananda Sonowal, West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee, Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh and several other politicians and people from across Assam have condemned the incident.
The All Bodoland Territorial Council (BTC) Bengali Youth Students’ Federation has also strongly condemned the incident and demanded compensation of Rs 10 lakh each to the next of the kin. The students’ body’s working president Arabinda Seal also warned the Assam Government “not to make a scapegoat of Bengali people” and also demanded that an all-out operation should be launched against the ULFA (I).
Pro-talk ULFA leader Jiten Dutta also wrote a in his Facebook post that he is “pained” over the Tinsukia killings in which innocent people have been gunned down. Killing of innocent people will not solve problems but will further complicate matters, he wrote in his post and urged the youths not to write any provocative posts on FB.