Assam, Dec 10: Protesters brunt tyres, blocked National Highways in parts of North-East as an 11-hour bandh began from 5 am on Tuesday to protest against the contentious Citizenship (Amendment) Bill — which was passed by Lok Sabha yesterday.
In Dibrugarh district,protesters clashed with CISF personnel.Security has been beefed up across the states of North-East. Nagaland is not participating in the bandh in view of the ongoing Hornbill Festival there.
Assam: Various organisations continue to protest in Guwahati against
#CitizenshipAmendmentBill. Assamese actors Barsha Rani Bishaya and Utpal Das also present.
The Citizenship Bill will make it easier for certain categories of migrants to become eligible for Indian citizenship. The revised version of Bill keeps out of its purview all ILP states — Arunachal Pradesh, Mizoram and Nagaland — and the Sixth Schedule regions in Tripura, Assam, and Meghalaya. The bandh has been called by the North-East Students’ Organisation (NESO), an umbrella body of influential students’ bodies of the region, against the “imposition” of the CAB on the Northeast.
Train services across Assam were affected as picketers squatted on tracks,a spokesperson of the Railways said. Some had also attempted to block the entrance to NF Railway headquarters here and Divisional Railway Manager’s office at Rangia in Kamrup district, he said.
India’s tryst with bigotry was confirmed as CAB was passed in the Lok Sabha: Priyanka Gandhi
“Last night at midnight, India’s tryst with bigotry and narrow-minded exclusion was confirmed as the CAB was passed in the Lok Sabha. Our forefathers gave their lifeblood for our freedom. In that freedom, is enshrined the right to equality, and the right to freedom of religion… We will fight against this government’s agenda to systematically destroy our constitution and undo the fundamental premise on which our country was built with all our might,” Priyanka Gandhi Vadra tweeted,