Lathi-Charge & Tear Gas: Anti-Citizenship Amendment Bill Protests Continue To Rock Guwahati

Agitators are continuing to protest against the Bill on December 11th, 2019 in different parts of the state

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Protests continued to rock the capital city of Assam over the Centre’s proposed Citizenship (Amendment) Bill, 2019 or CAB on December 11th, 2019.

Thousands of agitators, mostly students, took to the Guwahati streets and marched shouting anti-CAB slogans demanding the withdrawal of the controversial bill.

The students of premier educational institutes of Guwahati, volunteers of the students’ bodies came out in large numbers to express their disagreement with the Bill even as the security has been beefed up in the state.

Photo: Smita Rani Deka

Scores of students were lathi-charged by the police and several of them were detained when they tried to break the police barricades and marched ahead near the Rajiv Bhawan, ABC area. Tear gas shells were used by police here to disperse the crowd.

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.

Normal life came to a standstill in Assam following the 11-hour bandh called by North East Students Union and All Assam Students Union on December 10th, 2019. Several vehicles along with public properties were damaged by the protestors in Guwahati and other parts of the state.

Meanwhile, security deployments have been increased in many places including Guwahati following the violent protests.

Photo: @smitaranideka