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Anti CAB Protest in NE

by Huirem Naresh
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Imphal, Dec 13

Assam and the Northeast are up in arms against the Citizenship Amendment Bill that has now become and Act with the assent of President Ram Nath Kovind late on Thursday night. Protests against the new legislation that seeks to grant citizenship to non-Muslim immigrants has left two dead in Guwahati. At least two protesters died on Thursday evening when police opened fire on protesters in Guwahati, the epicentre of the massive protests that have brought Assam to a standstill. Train services to Assam and Tripura have been suspended while many flights to Guwahati have been cancelled in view of the protests against the Citizenship Act. Internet has been suspended for another 48 hours in Assam and Tripura where the protests have intensified since Amit Shah tabled the contentious Citizenship Bill and Rajya Sabha passed it. During Thursday’s protests in which thousands defied curfew orders and hit the streets, police opened fire, resulting in the deaths of two youths and injury of many others. Follow live updates on the Northeast protests against the Citizenship Act:
The indefinite curfew which was in force in Assam’s Dibrugarh municipal area in view of the violent protests against the Citizenship (Amendment) Act, 2019, was relaxed for five hours on Friday even as a large number of protesters joined AASU’s call for a 10-hour hunger strike in Chandmari area of Guwahati. The curfew in Dibrugarh was lifted from 8 am to 1 pm.
AASU chief advisor Samujjal Bhattacharya, however, said that the protests will continue. “We will not succumb to any pressure and our agitation will continue,” he was quoted as saying by PTI. The Union Home Ministry Thursday kept around 20 companies — around 2,000 personnel —  of the Central Armed Police Forces (CAPF) on standby to move to Assam on Friday.

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