Silchar: Bengali dominated areas in Assam, especially Barak Valley, are simmering in anger against the massacre of five Bengalis in Tinsukia on Thursday.
Today, several parts of Barak Valley witnessed spontaneous rallies organised minus the support of any political party.
Tomorrow, 3 November, a 12-hour Assam bandh has been called against the massacre by Bengali organisations both from Barak and Brahmaputra Valley. Cachar district Congress has extended support to the bandh.
This is even as Tinsukia district, where the carnage took place, witnessed a total bandh today at the behest of Bengali Chhatra-Yuva Federation.
In Silchar, several civil society groups held a demonstration near Khudiram Statue this afternoon and then took out a protest march in the town. They have urged people to ensure a total bandh tomorrow.
About 32-km away in Cachar’s second hub Lakhipur, citizens took out a torch rally demanding a clamp down on ULFA and the Assamese leaders who have been making instigating statements against the Bengalis over the last few months.
The rally in Lakhipur saw a huge turnout of youths and people of various professions. The participants said that they will ensure that Saturday’s bandh turns a total one like never before.
Assam Manipuri Progressive Front has extended support to Saturday’s Assam bandh.