The Gauhati High Court has ruled against bandhs and blockades declaring it illegal and unconstitutional.

The court also ordered the creation of a fund to recover losses during such agitations from the organisers.

Apart from this the Gauhati High Court also ordered that an FIR must be lodged against bandh and blockade organisers within 24 hours of their occurrence.

Justice Ujjal Bhuyan passed the order while delivering the judgment on a writ petition filed by Lower Assam Inter-district Stage Carriage Bus Owner’s Association.

The judgment said organisers of such blockades are liable to be prosecuted under various provisions of the Indian Penal Code 1860, National Highways Act 1956 and the Railways Act 1989.

In addition, those indulging in violence and intimidation like preventing people from attending their duties during such agitations will also have to be booked under the relevant penal provisions, it said.

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