After Anti-CAA Protests, Guwahati Gears Up To Welcome New Year

The bars and restaurants which don’t have permission to operate till late in the night will have to pull down their shutters by 9 pm


The Kamrup Metropolitan (M) District administration has geared up for the upcoming New Year celebrations.

Apart from forming a squad to monitor the celebrations, the administration has set 10 pm as the deadline for the bars and restaurants to pull down their shutters.

Addressing media persons on December 27th, 2019, Kamrup (M) Deputy Commissioner Biswajit Pegu said, “A team will be formed consisting of members of Excise department, city police and district administration to inspect the celebration venues on December 31st, 2019. A separate team will be formed consisting of officials of the transport department to check drunk driving cases and accidents.”

“The bars and restaurants which has permission to run till late at night can operate till 12 am and the rest will have to pull down their shutters by 9 pm. The wine shops will also have to close by 9 pm,” he added.

Guwahati was on the boil as the protests against the Citizenship (Amendment) Act (CAA) rocked the state earlier this month.

As the Rajya Sabha passed the Citizenship (Amendment) Bill on December 11th, 2019, massive protests broke out in the state.

Guwahati became the epicentre of protests as the agitators engaged in pitch battles with security personnel in almost every major city or town, forcing the administration to impose curfew and suspend internet services.

The streets of the city turned into a veritable battle zone littered with burnt tyres, logs, stones, rubber pellets and teargas shells as seething protesters descended on the streets opposing the Bill.

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