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Teenarger killed, vehicles set ablaze during Assam bandh

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Last updated on: November 26, 2007 17:04 IST

Tribals killed a teenager, injured two others and set ablaze their vehicle in Kokrajhar and damaged several buses on Monday during the 36-hour Assam bandh called by the All Assam Adivasi Students Association (AAASA).

The teenager, identified as Santosh Kumar Prasad, was stabbed to death and two others were seriously injured after miscreants set their vehicle on fire at 4:00 am at Amguri- Karigaon road in Kokrajhar district, officials said,

Traffic in Kokrajhar district was scarce and long-distance buses on the national highway were escorted by the police. Train and air services were normal in the state.

The bandh affected normal life in pockets around tea gardens but had no impact in the state capital where Adivasi protestors and people had clashed on Saturday resulting in the death of one person.

Five long-distance buses were damaged in stone-pelting overnight on the national highway in Rajabari tea estate area of Sibsagar district early on Monday morning.

Protestors also pelted stones at buses in Rangamati and Chakalating areas of Golaghat district and in Sepon area in Sibsagar-Dibrugarh district border on Sunday night.

Meanwhile, thousands of AAASA picketers took out a procession in the Naoholia area of Tinsukia district where the bulk of tea gardens employing tribal labourers are located.

The bandh was called by the AAASA to protest Saturday's clashes in Guwahati.

A tense situation prevailed at Beltola locality of Guwahati on Monday morning when police went to arrest three persons who had attacked and stripped a woman adivasi demonstrator on Saturday. Locals tried to obstruct the police, government spokesman Himanta Biswa Sarma said.

Meanwhile, security in the state, particularly in the western part with a sizeable Adivasi population, was tightened in view of the bandh, Sarma added.

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