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  • Internet services have been shut down in the entire northeastern state, Assam on the citizenship bill, a newborn died, 40 injured

    Published on December 11, 2019

    By Bhupen Goswami

    Guwahati : A fresh protest against the Citizenship (Amendment) Bill has started in Assam as thousands of students from various universities, colleges and ordinary people took to the streets on Wednesday and protested against the bill. The protests that have been taking place have now raged. From Tuesday to today, people protested violently against the citizenship bill, which severely injured many people. Internet services have been shut down in the entire northeastern state.During the protest in the capital Guwahati, police used tear gas against the protesters, lathicharge was also done against some protesters. At least 40 people were injured during this demonstration.

    The protesters also burnt effigies of Prime Minister Narendra Modi, Home Minister Amit Shah and Chief Minister Sarbananda Sonowal.At the same time, there were violent clashes with the police in Jorhat, Golaghat and Nagaon in the encounter with the security forces. So far 20 people have been injured in violent clashes in many places, while the news of the death of a newborn and 2 college students is also being reported. The newborn was being taken to the hospital when he died. Section 144 enforced in many districts of the northeastern states. On Wednesday, several violent incidents have been reported from different parts of the state.At least 40 protesters, including several students, were injured in police lathicharge in Assam’s Dibrugarh district. According to reports, several thousands of students and people took to the streets and blocked the National Highway-37 in protest of the controversial bill.

    The Citizenship (Amendment) Bill, 2019 or CAB has received widespread condemnation from many states of the North East as the Home Minister Amit Shah has assured that tribal populated areas are excluded from the purview of the bill.Here, several vehicles along with public properties were damaged in protests in Guwahati and other parts of the state. Meanwhile, security deployment has increased in several places including Guwahati following violent protests. On the other hand, after the ongoing protest against the bill, the district administration has implemented section 144 in several districts including Tinsukia, Sonitpur and Lakhimpur in Assam. The examinations of Guwahati University and Dibrugarh University in the state have also been postponed.

    The Indian Railways said that 8 trains have been canceled in Tinsukia division in Assam due to the indefinite ‘rail roko’ (stopping trains) movement of various organizations and associations.Explain that a joint 11-hour bandh was called on Tuesday by the student organizations against the Citizenship (Amendment) Bill. Many other organizations and political parties also supported it. In view of this bandh call, security was increased in Assam, Arunachal Pradesh, Meghalaya, Mizoram and Tripura, despite protests in many places.Native residents of the northeastern states fear that their identity and livelihood may be endangered by the entry of these people. The Citizenship Amendment Bill provides for people from Hindu, Sikh, Buddhist, Jain, Parsi and Christian communities who came to India due to religious persecution from Afghanistan, Bangladesh and Pakistan to be eligible to apply for Indian citizenship.

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