India on Fire : Massive protests in Assam, Tripura over Citizenship Ammendment Bill

North east India Protests

Guwahati/Agartala, Dec 11 : Tripura and Assam’s Brahmaputra Valley in the northeast of India has erupted in spontaneous protest against the Citizenship Amendment Bill (CAB) was passed in the Rajya Sabha.Meanwhile, the Army in Assam conducted a flag march as people defied the curfew to protest against the Bill.

CAB has plunged the north-east into chaos and as a precautionary measure bthe army has been deployed in four areas of Assam as thousands of protesters are seen clashing with policemen Tens of thousands of people against the contentious Citizenship (Amendment) Bill descended on the streets of Assam, setting of protests of a magnitude unseen since the violent six-year movement by students that ended with the signing of the Assam accord.

People from all walks of life thronged the streets to voice their angst against the bill, which they believe will pose a serious threat to not only their livelihood and political destiny but also to cultural and linguistic identity.

Five Army Columns have been requisitioned and deployed in Assam. Three Assam Rifles columns requisitioned and deployed in Tripura. Army flag march across Brahmaputra Valley amid CAB protests

IndiGo: Due to prevailing situation in Assam, flights to/from Dibrugarh are cancelled for today (12th Dec, 2019); flyers can choose an alternate flight or get a refund.

Flights, trains to Assam and Tripura have been suspended and Guwahati, the epicenter of anti-CAB protests, was placed under indefinite curfew on Wednesday.

the first thing the Narendra Modi do is to suspend the internet so the world should not know the atrocities committed by its government on the protesters who are peacefully demanding that CAB should be scrapped. The Army was deployed, mobile internet services were snapped in 10 other districts — Lakhimpur, Dhemaji, Tinsukia, Dibrugarh, Charaideo, Sivasagar, Jorhat, Golaghat, Kamrup (Metro) and Kamrup as tens of thousands of protesters descended on the streets.

Expressing fear that the CAB would “open the floodgates for illegal Bangladeshis and violate the Assam Accord” of 1985m protesters were seen holding placards that read “No CAB”, and shouting slogans against the Bill and the BJP-led state government.

Meanwhile, the Central government has issued an advisory to private TV channels against showing content that “can encourage or incite violence or contains anything against maintenance of law and order” or “promotes anti-national attitudes” or anything that can affect the “integrity of the nation”.

All Assam Student’s Union has called for a protest at 11 am in Guwahati today. Army conducted a flag march in the city on Thursday morning. Half-a dozen vehicles were burnt.

Bandh called by Tripura Congress : The strike was called protesting alleged police atrocities on a rally taken out against CAB by the Congress party last evening at Agartala.

Ranji Trophy matches suspended in Assam and Tripura, following protests in the states. #CitizenshipAmendmentBill2019

Janata Dal (United) vice-president Prashant Kishor said that together with the NRC it can turn into a lethal combo in the hands of the Centre to systematically discriminate and even prosecute people based on religion. Kishor on Monday had expressed his disappointment after Bihar Chief Minister and party supremo Nitish Kumar decided to support the Centre over the Citizenship (Amendment) Bill, 2019.

A protester was killed in Tripura and curfew was imposed in Guwahati as the stirs in northeast India against the Citizenship (Amendment) Bill further intensified for the third consecutive day on Wednesday with various parties and NGOs including the influential North East Students’ Organisation (NESO) urged the central government to “respect the sentiments of the people of the region”.

Curfew was imposed in Assam’s main city, Guwahati on Wednesday evening following the unprecedented protests against the Bill, officials said here.

A senior police official said that the Curfew was imposed in Guwahati by the Kamrup district administration after the protest against the CAB turned violent and as the agitators set ablaze some vehicles in the city. The curfew is likely to continue till the situation improves. The district administration has also asked the Army to remain on standby. Huge contingent of central para-military and state security forces were deployed in Guwahati, Dispur and other troubled places in Assam.

Indigenous Nationalist Party of Tripura (INPT) General Secretary Jagadhish Debbarma told media that one of their protesters Mantrilal Kaipeng (55) was killed at Tuichindrai Bazar (under Khowai District) following the attack of the “rival group people”.

In view of the agitations, examinations in schools, colleges and universities were postponed in Assam, Tripura, Mizoram and Meghalaya.

The Northeast Frontier Railway, which operates trains in some parts of Bihar and West Bengal besides entire northeastern region, either cancelled or rescheduled many trains including Humsafar Express and Kanchanjunga Express.

Normal life in many parts of Assam was badly affected due to the agitations and cancellations of many trains and buses besides shutting down of shops and business establishments.

In Tripura, the Joint Movement Against Citizenship (Amendment) Bill (JMACAB), a conglomeration of many tribal local and regional parties, NGOs and student and youth organisations of Tripura, led by Indigenous Nationalist Party of Tripura (INPT), held sit-in-demonstrations against the CAB in different parts of Tripura on Wednesday.

The mobile based internet services remained suspended across Tripura for the second day on Wednesday. Prohibitory orders under section 144 of the CrPc have been promulgated in some parts of West Tripura, Sepahijala, Dhalai and North Tripura districts after Tuesday’s violence, clashes and attacks.

Tripura Chief Minister Biplab Kumar Deb while talking to media said that the agitations against the CAB are unnecessary and against the development of Tripura.

“Union Home Minister Amit Shah has already made it clear that with the enforcement of the CAB, no community or individual belonging to northeast region would be affected,” said Deb, who also holds the home portfolio.

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