Violence in Assam by CAB, network suspended in Tripura

GUWAHATI/AGARTALA: Merchants were attacked, stores burned in two districts of Tripura on Tuesday, while the streets of Guwahati became a true battle zone full of burnt tires, stones and tear gas shells while protests against the Citizenship (Amendment) Bill became violent and virulent in northeastern parts.

In view of the protests against the bill, internet services have been suspended for 48 hours since 2 pm in Tripura on Tuesday.

A fruit seller who had opened his post at Manughat Bazar in the Dhalai district of Tripura was seriously injured when protesters hit him on the head with sharp weapons, a senior police official said. Three other merchants were injured in separate attacks by protesters, who also set fire to or looted stores that had opened in Dhalai and North Tripura in defiance of a call from bandh by tribal parties. At least eight motorcycles were destroyed in the arson.

In Assam, at least 1,000 people were arrested by the police during the 11 hours of bandh convened by the Northeast Student Organization (Neso), of which the influential Student Union of Assam (Aasu) is a key component .

Guwahati was the epicenter of the agitation, with the police resorting to a cane charge and firing into the air to disperse the groups of protesters who were targeting state buses and other government vehicles.

In Jalukbari, a group of young people blocked the road leading to the minister's residence and shouted slogans against the citizenship law. They left only after the police fired blank spaces to scare them away. Another group damaged the door of the residence of Deputy BJP of Guwahati, Queen Eye, and burned his effigy.

Four protesters were injured in a confrontation with police personnel near Dispur, where the secretary of state and the assembly building are located. The group prevented the convoy of education minister Siddhartha Bhattacharya from entering the secretariat complex.

The award-winning national filmmaker Jahnu Barua showed solidarity with the organizations leading the campaign against the citizenship bill by announcing that he had withdrawn his film Bhoga Khirikee (Broken Window), produced by Priyanka Chopra, from the upcoming Assam film awards.

Expressing anguish for the political leaders who strip the country, he told PTI: I am very unhappy with the current situation. This bill should not have happened. We believed in leadership (BJP), but they are not trying to understand us. In such a situation, I do not want to participate in that program.

The Asian actor Barsharani Bishaya and several other artists gathered in the Chandmari area of ​​the city to protest.

For travelers arriving by train or plane during the day, it was a long wait until night for private and commercial vehicles to continue sailing from the train station and the airport. The administration organized the transport, but not everyone was at risk of a half-way hitch. “We have safely transported more than 500 people from the airport to Paltan Bazar. Three buses were thrown with stones, but no passenger was injured, ”said city police commissioner Deepak Kumar.

In Upper Assam, including CM Sarbananda Sonowal In the territory of Dibrugarh, the closure was total. Protesters blocked roads in almost all districts. Trains were stopped at Moran and Simaluguri in the Sivasagar district.

A flag of the forbidden Ulfa waved in front of a lower elementary school in the city of Dibrugarh until someone denounced it to the police. It was the work of criminals, said Dibrugarh SP Gautam Borah.

Krishak Mukti Sangram Samiti leader Akhil Gogoi led a large group of motorcycle protesters in the city. He later told reporters: “CAB violates the preamble of the Constitution. If the bill is passed (by him), we will move the apex court. We will not rest until the Center repeals it.

In the Barak Valley, dominated by the Bengalis, the call for a closure caused a partial response. Protesters who tried to interrupt the operation of government offices, banks and educational institutions in the cities were arrested. Only the University of Assam postponed the exams scheduled for the day.

In Manipur, life stopped during the bandh convened by the All Manipur Student Union despite the Interior Minister Amit Shah announcing in Parliament on Monday that the Internal Line Permit system would be introduced in the state to isolate it from the new citizenship law. The announcement was received with celebrations at Imphal on Monday night.

The Manipur People Against CAB, which had announced a work stoppage from 1 a.m. on Monday until 3 a.m. on Wednesday, suspended the turmoil and thanked Shah for putting the state under the ILP system.

Meghalaya was almost completely closed in protest against the citizenship bill, although the lonely Lok sabha The deputy of the National People's Party (NPP), which is a component of the NDA, voted in favor.

While Deputy Agatha Sangma insisted that 97% of the state, which is under the scope of the sixth Annex to the Constitution, would be exempt from the provisions of the bill, speculation abounded on the fate of the coalition in the power in the state after his vote The state government led by Agatha's brother, Conrad K Sangma, had been at the forefront of opposition to the contentious bill.

In Arunachar Pradesh, the 11-hour band called Neso kept educational institutions, banks, markets and commercial establishments closed throughout the day. Protesters in Itanagar threw burnt stones and tires on NH 415 vehicles, SP Tumme Amo said.