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Citizenship bill: Stiff Situation in Assam

Protests against the Citizenship Amendment Bill (CAB) in Assam have been intensified. Police firings also occurred at some places in the state. Meanwhile, the CM has appealed to the protesters to maintain peace.

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Tension prevails in Assam against Citizenship Amendment Bill (CAB)

On Thursday morning, people in the capital Guwahati protested vigorously amid the imposing of curfew

Seeing tense situation, army conducts flag march, transfers of some concerned police officers

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People started violating curfew imposed in the capital Guwahati. Because of the tense situation in the state, the army also has conducted a flag march and some police officers have been transferred. 

Removal of police commissioner 

After failing to stop demonstrations in Guwahati, the state BJP government has removed Deepak Kumar, the police commissioner of the capital, Guwahati. In his place, Munna Prasad will be the new police commissioner of Guwahati. Meanwhile, Additional Director General of Assam (Law and Order) Mukesh Aggarwal has been transferred as ADGP (CID). Army personnel has been deployed at 4 places while Assam Rifles personnel were also deployed in Tripura on Wednesday.

There is a situation of chaos in Assam and Tripura in the Northeast regarding the Citizenship (Amendment) Bill. Internet services in Assam have been further banned for the next 48 hours.

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Student organizations protest

The All Assam Students’ Organization has called for a protest in Guwahati. The Krishak Mukti Sangram Samiti has appealed to the people to take to the streets and protest peacefully. Despite the curfew , people came out on the streets at night. The army launched a flag march in the city on Thursday morning. Vehicles have been stranded on the roads in several cities of Assam after massive blockades. Five-six vehicles were also set on fire.

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Massive protest 

The police opened fire in Lalung-gaon on the people protesting against the Citizenship Amendment Bill. Some people were reportedly injured in it. A senior police officer claimed that the protesters threw stones and threw bricks at the policemen and when the police tried to pacify them, they did not leave. The officer did not state the number of people injured in the shootout but the protesters claim that at least 4 people were injured.

 Student organizations protest 

The’ All Assam Students’ Organization’ has called for a protest in Guwahati. The ‘Krishak Mukti Sangram Samiti’ has appealed to the people to take to the streets and protest peacefully. Despite the curfew, people came out on the streets. The army also launched a flag march in the city. Vehicles have been stranded on the roads in several cities of Assam after massive blockades. Five-six vehicles were also set on fire.

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Attacks on BJP leaders’ homes too

There have also been attacks on the houses of BJP leaders and ‘Assam Gana Parishad’ leaders in many parts of the state. Curfew was imposed indefinitely in ‘Dibrugarh’ in the state as protesters targeted the house of Assam Chief Minister ‘Sarbananda Sonowal’ and Union Minister ‘Rameshwar Teli’.

Additional Director General of Assam Police (Law and Order) said, “Curfew will be imposed till further orders. We are keeping a close watch on the situation and till now the situation is under control. There was also an attack on the RSS office. On the other hand, an official of the ‘Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh’ said that the offices of ‘Dibrugarh’, ‘Saadya’ and ‘Tezpur’ have been attacked. The BJP office was also attacked in Tezpur. Thousands of people took to the streets of Assam to protest against CAB(Citizens Amendment Bill) and clashes between police and protesters also took place. Such violent demonstrations in Assam reminded the time when there was violent student agitation here for 6 consecutive years. The situation was calmed after the Assam Accord.

CM appeals to maintain peace

Assam Chief Minister Sarbananda Sonowal has appealed to the people to maintain peace. He said, “I appeal to all people to come forward and maintain peace and order. Some people are trying to spread fake news. In such a situation, I appeal to the general public to maintain peace and not to engage in any kind of violence.”

 

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