Anti-CAA Protests: Normalcy Returns In Guwahati; Curfew Relaxed In Dibrugarh, Shillong

People were seen thronging the markets and buying large stocks of vegetables, fruits and flowers and daily usage items


After non-stop protests against the newly enacted Citizenship (Amendment) Act, 2019, normalcy returned in Guwahati while the curfew imposed in Dibrugarh was relaxed for 14 hours since 6 am on December 18th, 2019. No fresh incidents of violence have been reported in Assam on December 17th-18th, 2019

The authorities lifted curfew in Guwahati on December 17th, 2019 and restored broadband services in entire Assam following improvement in law and order.

Businesses establishments and banks resumed services in Guwahati from December 16th, 2019 onwards. Pedestrians, public transports, private vehicles were seen making beelines in the roads. Customers were seen rushing to ATMs and waiting in long queues to withdraw money.

Assam’s Additional DGP (law and order) G P Singh took to microblogging site on December 17th, 2019 and wrote,” Another peaceful day. Thank you Assam. We remain in gratitude to the people of Assam.”

People were seen thronging the markets and buying large stocks of vegetables, fruits and flowers and daily usage items. The schools and colleges to reopen on December 22nd, 2019.

In a major relief to hundreds of stranded passengers, flight operations and railway services resumed in Guwahati on December 17th, 2019. The flights to and from Dibrugarh airport were also operating as per schedule.

On the other hand, curfew too was relaxed for 14 hours in Shillong on December 18th, 2019. However, the ban on mobile internet services in Assam and Shillong continue to remain in force. 

The curfew was relaxed from 6 am from areas under Lumdiengjri police station and Sadar police station limits, a statement from the East Khasi Hills district administration stated.

Massive protests broke out in Assam, Meghalaya and Tripura after the Rajya Sabha passed the contentious Citizenship (Amendment) Bill on December 11th, 2019.

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