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HENB | Guwahati | 31 Oct 2014:: In protest against All India United Democratic Front (AIUDF)’s alleged involvement with the cross–border jihadi elements, several organisations like the Bajrang Dal, the Akhil Bharatiya Vidyarthi Parishad (ABVP), the Viswa Hindu Parishad (VHP), the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) and the Hindu Jagaran Mancha jointly had given a call for a 12–hour Assam bandh from 5 am to 5 pm on 31 Oct 2104.
Normal life was today hit partially to high in different places in Assam during a 12-hour state-wide bandh called by Bajrang Dal.
Around 70 Bandh supporters were arrested from all over the state for allegedly trying to damage property during the bandh, police officers said.
Guwahati Senior Superintendent of Police Anand Prakash Tiwari told PTI that 18 Bajrang Dal supporters were arrested from the city for trying to forcefully implement the bandh, which has been called to protest the alleged links between AIUDF and jihadis in Bangladesh as already flashed in media.
He said bandh supporters tried to obstruct traffic at many places by burning tyres but police cleared them immediately and picked up the activists.
The BJP state unit has clearly extended its support to the bandh against AIDUF and its subversive Jihadi activities.
At Rangia in Kamrup district, 40 Bajrang Dal activists were arrested when they tried to stop railway workers from joining duty in the morning.
A senior police official said the Bajrang Dal supporters also attempted to block the Indo-Bhutan road at Sitara by allegedly burning tyres but they were arrested and the route was cleared.
The police resorted to mild lathicharge on protesters when they tried to block traffic and forcefully close some shops at Tezpur in Sonitpur district, a police officer said.
“Over 10 activists have been picked up,” he said.
Although many business establishments were closed, government offices remained open in the capital city.
Fewer vehicles were on the roads.
Patrolling has been enhanced and additional security personnel posted in vulnerable areas.
The Bajrang Dal has demanded that AIUDF chief Badaruddin Ajmal be arrested and the party be banned as the party is directly connected with jihadi terrorism. “All the MLAs and the MPs of the party should be immediately suspended and madrassas across the State should be closed,” Lakhi Gogoi, Bajrang Dal’s Uttar Purva Prant coordinator demanded. The BJP yesterday demanded an enquiry into allegations that the AIUDF has links with Bangladeshi jihadi elements. “It is reported in one of the national TV channels that IB has found links between AIUDF and jihadis. If this is true, then it is a serious matter,” senior BJP leader and Lok Sabha MP Bijoya Chakraborty said.
Meanwhile, AIUDF chief Badruddin Ajmal has denied the media report on the alleged link and termed it as “false, baseless and politically motivated.”