Normal life was affected in Assam’s Golaghat district on Thursday because of a 12-hour strike called by the Assam Tea Tribes Students Association from 5 am, The Assam Tribune reported. The group called for the strike after two owners of a tea estate in Numaligarh area fired at workers, injuring at least ten.
The police arrested the two owners – Sudhir Roy and Samir Roy – on Thursday. But protestors in large numbers blocked the streets of Golaghat and NH37. Traffic from upper to lower Assam, as well as to the neighbouring states of Nagaland and Manipur, was blocked. All shops and establishments remained shut.
Golaghat Additional Superintendent of Police Dhruba Bora said the strike ended peacefully with no untoward incidents. Meanwhile, a court in Golaghat sent Sudhir Roy and Samir Roy to judicial custody for 14 days, The Sentinel reported.
Assam Chah Mazdoor Sangha President Paban Singh Ghatowar demanded a high-level inquiry into the firing at the tea estate. “Those guilty must not be spared,” he said. “Stringent action must be taken against them.”