Bandh affects normal life in Assam

Effigies of CBI were burnt at Jorhat and Lakhimpur towns by protesters criticising the agency's alleged faulty investigations into the murder case, official sources said, adding however, no untoward incident has been reported so far.

In the Brahmaputra Valley, markets, shops, private offices and financial institutions remained closed, while attendance in government offices was thin, except Barak Valley and N C Hills district, the sources said.

Private long distance and city buses and other vehicles remained off the roads.
Air and train services operated normally, the sources said.

District and Session Judge, Kamrup, Dilip Kumar Mahanta on Tuesday had acquitted Phukan, lone surviving accused in the 13-year-old murder case due to lack of evidence.
Manav Adhikar Sangram Samiti (MASS), founded by Das, protesting against "verdict" had called for today's bandh.

Various journalist organisations, Press Clubs and the AUDF, a political party, also extended their support to the bandh.

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