Citizenship Bill: Assam Police Launches Helpline Number For Hate Message Complaints

Protests have intensified in Assam and other parts of the Northeast demanding the withdrawal of the Citizenship Bill

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The Assam Police has launched WhatsApp helpline number (9132699735) for complaints related to hate or fake messages related to the controversial Citizenship (Amendment) Bill.

Various organisations, students’ bodies of Assam protested against the Bill across the state claiming that it is an unconstitutional and anti-national Bill.

“Some mischievous elements are attempting to spread hate and fake messages regarding the proposed Bill. We request all stakeholders of society not to believe in the disinformation being spread by such elements. Together, we must ensure that peace & harmony in the State is not disturbed,” Assam Police tweeted.

Assam Police asked citizens to report about hate or fake messages through social media handles (Facebook/Twitter) and WhatsApp helpline number.

The Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) led Union cabinet on December 4th, 2019 passed the Bill and the government is all set to pass the bill in the ongoing winter session of the parliament.

Union Home Minister Amit Shah will table the Bill in the Lok Sabha on December 9th, 2019. The All Moran Students’ Union has called for a 48-hour bandh beginning on December 9th, 2019 at 5 am demanding the scrapping of the Bill.

On the other hand, the North East Students’ Organisation has called for an 11-hour ‘Northeast bandh’ on December 10th, 2019 against the Bill. 

Meanwhile, security has been beefed up across the state. The Dibrugarh district administration cancelled a concert by Zubeen Garg because of security reasons in view of protests against Bill.

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