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CAB protests: Internet services suspended for another 48 hours

Internet services have been suspended in Assam for another 48 hours, from 12 noon today. Train and air services to Assam and Tripura have been cancelled, following the intense protests against the Citizenship Amendment Bill. CAB was passed by the Rajya Sabha on December 11 (yesterday).

Assam’s additional general of police (Law and Order) Mukesh Agarwal has been transferred as ADGP (CID), and GP Singh has been appointed in his place.

Defiant crowds

An indefinite curfew was imposed in Guwahati from yesterday. People defied curfew and took to the streets in Guwahati earlier today, even as protests turned violent in various parts of Assam. Vehicles were set on fire – the houses of the BJP and AGP leaders were attacked in various parts of the state.

Police opened fire to disperse protesters at Lalungaonn area in Assam, in which some people were reportedly injured.

Assam chief minister Sarbananda Sonowal appealed to the people of Assam to not get misled by the bill, and maintain peace. “I sincerely appeal to all sections of people of Assam to maintain peace & tranquility. It’s our cultural, social&spiritual tradition. I’ve firm belief that people of Assam, as usual, will maintain peace for all time to come,” he said.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi said that the people of Assam have nothing to worry about after the CAB became an Act.

Army Deployment

Army personnel have been deployed in both the states. The army conducted a flag march in Guwahati today morning.

Thousands of anti-CAB protesters clashed with the police in Assam on December 11, pushing the state into utter chaos.

The Citizenship Amendment Bill, which seeks to give Indian citizenship status to non-Muslim migrants from Pakistan, Bangladesh and Afghanistan was passed in Rajya Sabha on December 11.

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