Anti-Citizenship Bill protests: Assam ADGP tells people to stay indoors

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People defied the curfew in Guwahati on Thursday morning to protest against the Citizenship (Amendment) Bill (CAB) as the situation remained tense throughout Assam, with the Army conducting flag march in the city.

Guwahati, the epicenter of anti-CAB protests, was placed under indefinite curfew on Wednesday night while the Army was called in at four places and Assam Rifles personnel were deployed in Tripura on Wednesday as the two northeastern States plunged into chaos over the hugely emotive Bill.

All Assam Student’s Union has called for a protest at 11 a.m. in Guwahati.

Krishak Mukti Sangram Samiti appealed to the people to come out on the road for a peaceful protest. People were on the roads in the night despite the curfew.

The Army conducted a flag march in the city on Thursday morning. Vehicles were stranded in various cities of Assam due to heavy blockade. Half-a dozen vehicles were burnt. The houses of the BJP and the AGP leaders were attacked in various parts of the State. “Curfew is on till further orders, We are monitoring the situation very closely. So far the situation is under control,” Assam’s Additional Director General of Police Mukesh Agarwal told PTI.

Krishak Mukti Sangram Samiti appealed to the people to come out on the road for a peaceful protest. People were on the roads in the night despite the curfew.

The Army conducted a flag march in the city on Thursday morning. Vehicles were stranded in various cities of Assam due to heavy blockade. Half-a dozen vehicles were burnt. The houses of the BJP and the AGP leaders were attacked in various parts of the State. “Curfew is on till further orders, We are monitoring the situation very closely. So far the situation is under control,” Assam’s Additional Director General of Police Mukesh Agarwal told PTI.

Guwahati police chief removed, several officers transferred amid CAB protests in Assam
In a major reshuffle, the Assam government on Thursday replaced the Guwahati Police commissioner and a senior officer responsible for law and order in the state, amid violent protests against the Citizenship (Amendment) Bill, officials said.

City police chief Deepak Kumar was removed and Munna Prasad Gupta was appointed in his place, Commissioner and Secretary (Home and Political) Ashutosh Agnihotri told PTI.

Mr. Gupta was earlier posted in the Special Protection Group.

Additional Director General of Police (law and order) Mukesh Agarwal was transferred as ADGP (CID) and GP Singh was given his charge.

Mr. Singh was earlier posted in New Delhi as an inspector general of police at the National Investigation Agency.

ADGP (CID) LR Bishnoi has also been transferred as ADGP (training and armed police), the officials said.

ADGP SN Singh and deputy inspector general of police Anand Prakash Tiwari have also been brought in to supervise the law and order situation in the state, they said.

Suspension of internet services in 10 Assam districts extended
Suspension of internet services in ten districts of Assam was extended for 48 hours on Thursday, beginning 12 p.m., to prevent “misuse” of social media to disturb peace and tranquility, and to maintain law and order, officials said.

Internet services will remain suspended in Lakhimpur, Dhemaji, Tinsukia, Dibrugarh, Charaideo, Sivasagar, Jorhat, Golaghat, Kamrup (Metro) and Kamrup, Additional Chief Secretary (Home and Political department) Sanjay Krishna told PTI.

Internet services were suspended at 7 p.m. on Wednesday amid massive protests against the Citizenship (Amendment) Bill.

Meanwhile, the Centre said the decision to snap internet services was taken by the Assam government based on a report by the Intelligence Bureau. It’s the State government’s call, said a senior government official.

Airlines cancel flights to Assam


Airlines on Thursday canceled flights to various cities in Assam in the wake of unrest in the state.

IndiGo, Vistara, Air India, SpiceJet, and GoAir are among the carriers that have canceled their flights.

With respect to the ongoing unrest situation in Assam, a few Guwahati and Dibrugarh-bound flights have been canceled on Thursday, an IndiGo spokesperson said in a statement.

Amid curfew, passengers stranded at Guwahati airport
Hundreds of passengers remained stranded at the Guwahati airport on Thursday due to indefinite curfew and Internet clampdown in the city as Assam continued to remain on the boil over the Citizenship Bill.

From students to working professionals and old men to young women, people were seen squatting inside or outside of the Lokpriya Gopinath Bordoloi International airport at Borjhar area, about 30 km from the main city.

Security forces kept a tight vigil at the airport as Assam police personnel and commandos were deployed to guard the area. Services were closed at prepaid taxi counters inside the airport premises in lieu of the curfew, staff on duty said.

Internet cut off, people in Assam can’t read your ‘reassuring’ message: Congress to PM


The Congress on Wednesday took a swipe at Prime Minister Narendra Modi over his assurance to the people of Assam on Twitter after the passage of the Citizenship (Amendment) Bill in Parliament, saying the people in the state cannot read his “reassuring” message as the internet there has been cut-off.

In a series of tweets, in both Assamese and English, the prime minister said he personally and the Central government is “totally committed to constitutionally safeguard the political, linguistic, cultural and land rights of the Assamese people as per the spirit of Clause 6.”

“I want to assure my brothers and sisters of Assam that they have nothing to worry after the passing of #CAB,” Mr. Modi tweeted.

Taking a dig at the Prime Minister’s message, the Congress, from its official Twitter handle, said, “Our brothers and sisters in Assam cannot read your ‘reassuring’ message Modiji, in case you’ve forgotten, their internet has been cut off.”

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