Assam: Anti CAB protests intensify; Centre sends senior IPS officer

Assam: Anti CAB protests intensify; Centre sends senior IPS officer

Agency News

Guwahati, Dec 12 : As Assam continues to burn with anti-CAB protests, Central Government on Thursday transferred senior IPS officer J P Singh who is in deputation with NIA to the state to quell the growing protests, which is spreading like wildfire as indefinite curfew and ban on internet services continue.

Three majors towns of Assam namely Guwahati, Dibrugarh and Tinsukia has virtually turned into a war zone with protestors clashing with police at different places with police resorting to tear gas firing.

A day after violent protest which left cities in shambles, agitators came out in the road early in the morning today as police tried to stop them from venturing out.

However, a large congregation of people has already assembled in Latasil field where influential student organisation All Assam Students Union (AASU) has organised a rally where creative artists are also slated to take part in the protest programme.

More than 5,000 paramilitary police with two columns of the Army have been deployed and were staging flag-march in the city and other places.

Senior IPS officer J P Singh, who has been send to Assam to bring situation under control said " I appeal to all not to come out of their defying curfew....I sincerely urge all to maintain law and order."

City police commissioner Deepak Kumar said police had allowed the protestors in yesterday as it was led by students and was largely peaceful.

"But now we are seeing that miscreants and criminals are trying to take advantage and are engaging in vandalism and torching buses. We cannot let that happen," Kumar added.

Senior BJP leaders from Assam including Chief Minister Sarbanada Sonowal are facing the ire of protestors.

The protesters attacked the house of Assam Chief Minister Sarbananda Sonowal, Union minister Rameswar Teli and several other BJP leaders. Chief Minister's house which is located at Dibrugarh in Upper Assam came under attack yesterday night as protestors pelted stones at his house.

While Union Minister Rameshwar Teli's residence in Dulijan also came under rage of protestors.

A BJP MLA Prashanta Phukan's house in the Upper Assam was vandalised by the protestors.

There are also reports that in many places RSS office has also been attacked in Dibrugarh.

North East Frontier Railway has till now cancelled 24 outgoing trains including Rajdhani and Shatabdi while the interstate rail service has been completely stopped. While flight services are operating on a normal basis. Thousands of people hit the streets in Assam opposing the controversial Citizenship (Amendment) Bill or CAB, that seeks to grant Indian citizenship to illegal non-Muslim migrants from Bangladesh, Pakistan and Afghanistan. The Bill was cleared by the Rajya Sabha on Wednesday and will become law after getting nod from the President.

However, people of north eastern states, especially Assam and Tripura are demanding its revocation as they fear being "overrun" by non-Muslims from neighbouring Bangladesh. The protesters clashed with the police and set afire several government vehicles. It is being said that the magnitude of the protests is similar to the violent six-year movement that resulted in the signing of the Assam accord in 1985. (UNI)