Assam bandh: Bhutanese travellers requested to refrain from travelling via Indian highway
The otherwise bustling Thursday-market in Dadgari, the Indian bordering town near Gelephu, wears a deserted look.
Indian merchants and Bhutanese customers on the either side of the border gate impatiently wait for the security personnel to open the gate. However, the gate will not open until 5pm.
A 12hour ‘Assam Bandh’ was called by the United Liberation Front of Assam (ULFA) against the Indian government’s proposed citizenship amendment bill.
The previous day, a group of Bhutanese truckers narrowly escaped a riot near Bongaigoan in Assam. “An auto rickshaw was set on fire by a group of students. We managed to escape the situation with help from the locals,” said a trucker.