In a tragic incident, a two-month-old child died on way to a hospital when the ambulance carrying the ailing baby got stuck in a road blockade in Tripura during an 11- hour bandh to protest against the contentious Citizenship (Amendment) Bill on December 10th, 2019.
The 11-hour shutdown on December 10th, 2019, called by the All Assam Students’ Union and the North East Students’ Organisation – an apex body of students’ unions in the region – turned into a veritable battle zone littered with burnt tyres, water cannons and teargas shells as protests against the controversial Bill turned violent in Assam and Tripura.
Over 40 people were reported to be injured in clashes in three places of Tripura forcing the government to suspended Internet service for 48 hours to prevent the spread of rumours in the state.
Prohibitory orders under Section 144 CrPC were imposed in the three areas – Bishramganj in Sepahijala district, Kanchanpur in North Tripura district and Manughat Bazar in Dhalai district.
The Bill seeks to grant Indian citizenship to the people belonging to the Hindus, Jains, Christians, Sikhs, Buddhists, and Parsis who have become the victims of religious persecution in Pakistan, Bangladesh, and Afghanistan and entered India on or before December 31st, 2014.