Curfew was imposed in Guwahati in Assam on December 11 to control deteriorating law and order situation, amid massive protests over the Citizenship (Amendment) Bill, officials said.
The curfew was imposed at 6.15 p.m. and will be in place till 7 a.m. on December 12, Assam Police Director General Bhaskar Jyoti Mahanta told PTI.
Tens of thousands of protesters against Citizenship Amendment Bill (CAB) descended on the streets of Assam on Wednesday, clashing with police and plunging the State into chaos.
Though no party or student body has called a shutdown, protesters, mostly students, fought pitched battles with security forces in the restive State, including in front of the secretariat, the seat of the BJP government.
According to student leaders , many agitators were injured in police action in front of the secretariat. All senior civil and police officials were incommunicado but, according to unofficial accounts, hundreds of protesters have been detained in Guwahati and other places such as Dibrugarh and Jorhat.
A large number of agitated students blocked the road near the secretariat complex and pulled down the barricade erected on the arterial G.S. Road. Police burst teargas shells and baton-charged the protesters, who were seen lobbing back the shells at men in uniform.
The student protesters damaged a stage erected on the road for Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s proposed summit meeting with his Japanese counterpart Shinzo Abe on Sunday. They also pulled down hoardings and banners advertising the government’s welfare schemes and made a bonfire of those before the secretariat.
A policeman attacks students who took out a procession on the streets of Guwahati against the Citizenship (Amendment) Bill (CAB) on Wednesday. | Photo Credit: Ritu Raj Konwar
The police in Dibrugarh, fired rubber bullets and tear gas shells to break up protests. Also a journalist was reported injured in a stone throwing incident.
Spontaneous protests were also witnessed in Golaghat, Tinsukia, Sivasagar, Bongaigaon, Nagaon, Sonitpur and many other districts since morning. A motorcycle rally was organised against the CAB in Chief Minister Sarbananda Sonowal’s hometown Chabua.
Internet suspended in ten districts for 24 hrs
Internet services will be suspended in ten districts of Assam for 24 hours, beginning 7 p.m. on Wednesday, State government officials said.
They said internet services will be suspended to prevent misuse of social media in disturbing peace and tranquility, and to maintain law and order.
Internet services will be suspended in Lakhimpur, Dhemaji, Tinsukia, Dibrugarh, Charaideo, Sivasagar, Jorhat, Golaghat, Kamrup (Metro) and Kamrup, according to a notification issued by Additional Chief Secretary (Home and Political Department) Kumar Sanjay Krishna.
Gauhati University, Cotton University and Dibrugarh University postponed examinations scheduled for Wednesday. The students from different universities have been protesting since Monday morning.
Train services affected
In view of the protests, the Northeast Frontier Railway has cancelled many trains and rescheduled some that originate from the State.
At least 14 trains have either been cancelled, short terminated or diverted anticipating “disruptions in train movement,” NF Railway Chief Public Relations Officer Subhanan Chanda said in a statement.
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