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Fresh protests erupt against Citizenship Amendment Bill

Rubber bullets were fired and the agitators were lathicharged by the police

Fresh protests erupt against Citizenship Amendment Bill
Protest in Assam over Citizenship Amendment Bill. Photo: Twitter

NEW DELHI: Fresh protests erupted in Assam, other parts of North-East on Wednesday when the Citizenship (Amendment) Bill debated in the Rajya Sabha.

To tackle the situation, police use tear gas shells. Rubber bullets were fired to disperse the protesters and the agitators were also lathi-charged by the police in Dispur, Guwahati, Dibrugarh, and Jorhat to disperse the protesters.

At least 25 protesters including women and some journalists and television crews were injured. The agitators are mostly youths and students.

Situation is said to be critical.

PM Modi led-BJP government’s decision to grant citizenship to non-Muslims from Bangladesh, Pakistan and Afghanistan has led to students, political parties and civil society groups hitting the streets in Assam.

Large scale protest is witnessed since morning. Tyres were burnt and logs placed on the roads.

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.

Students from various Institutions of Assam boycotted their exam which was scheduled on Wednesday and take active part in the protest against the Citizenship (Amendment) Bill.

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

The mobile-based internet services remain 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, especially in Sepahijala, Dhalai and North Tripura districts after Tuesday’s violence, clashes and attacks.

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