People defy curfew in Guwahati, Army conducts flag march
The people defied curfew in Guwahati on Thursday morning to protest against the Citizenship (Amendment) Bill as the situation remained tense throughout Assam, with the Army conducting flag march in the city.
Guwahati, the epicentre of anti-CAB protests, was placed under indefinite curfew last night while the Army was called in at four places and Assam Rifles personnel were deployed in Tripura on Wednesday as the two northeastern states plunged into chaos over the hugely emotive Citizenship (Amendment) Bill or CAB. All Assam Student's Union has called for a protest at 11 am in Guwahati.
We will protect your rights: PM Modi's appeal for calm in Assam
In an attempt to reach out the people of Assam, Prime Minister Narendra Modi assured them on Thursday that they had nothing to worry after the passage of the Citizenship (Amendment) Bill, even as the northeastern state continued to simmer against the contentious legislation.
"I want to assure my brothers and sisters of Assam that they have nothing to worry after the passing of #CAB. I want to assure them -- no one can take away your rights, unique identity and beautiful culture. It will continue to flourish and grow," the prime minister said.
Due to prevailing situation in Assam, flights to/from Dibrugarh are cancelled: IndiGo
IndiGo: Due to prevailing situation in Assam, flights to/from Dibrugarh are cancelled for today (12th Dec, 2019); flyers can choose an alternate flight or get a refund.
All flights have been cancelled from Kolkata to Dibrugarh: Kolkata Airport Official
Kolkata Airport Official: All flights have been cancelled from Kolkata (West Bengal) to Dibrugarh sector (Assam).
My uncle's shop was set on fire: BJP MP Rameshwar Teli
Union Minister & BJP MP from Dibrugarh, Rameshwar Teli: My uncle's shop was set on fire & the boundary wall of my house was also damaged by protestors, last night around 11 pm. I appeal to the people of Assam to maintain peace. I am an Assamese, I will not do anything that may hurt the people of Assam. I want to assure everyone that Citizenship Amendment Bill that has been passed will not affect the culture & language of Assam.
All trains from Guwahati towards upper Assam region have been cancelled: North Frontier Railway
Chief Public Relation Officer (CPRO), North Frontier Railway: All trains from Guwahati towards upper Assam region have been cancelled.
Kapil Sibal to represent IUML in SC
Senior Advocate Kapil Sibal to represent Indian Union Muslim League (IUML) in Supreme Court. IUML in its petition pleaded the SC to declare Citizenship Amendment Bill 2019 as illegal and void. Indian Union Muslim League (IUML) have filed a writ petition against Citizenship Amendment Bill 2019 in Supreme Court today.
Ranji Trophy matches suspended in Assam and Tripura amid protests
Ranji Trophy matches suspended in Assam and Tripura, following protests in the states.
ISL match between Northeast United FC and Chennaiyin FC postponed due to ongoing unrest in Assam
Football Sports Development Limited: Indian Super League match between Northeast United FC & Chennaiyin FC has been postponed, due to the ongoing unrest in Guwahati, Assam.
Police opens fire on protestors in Guwahati
Police opened fire to disperse protesters at Lalungaonn area here on Thursday in which some persons were reportedly injured, a senior police officer said. The officer claimed that the protesters hurled stones and bricks at the policemen and when attempts to pacify them did not deter the mob, the security personnel opened fire at them.
Kashmir phenomena replicated in the northeast: Adhir Ranjan Chowdhury
"In the wake of Citizenship Bill that has been passed in both the houses of Parliament, the entire northeast region is in turmoil. Already Army has been deployed, internet services have been discontinued. Kashmir phenomena have been replicated in the northeast region," Chowdhury said.
"Now, northeast is turning like that. Both the areas are of strategic importance," he said urging the government to help solve the issue.
CAB protests in Assam Latest Updates: Guwahati top cop removed, Assam ADGP transferred as protesters defy curfew
Guwahati Police Commissioner Deepak Kumar removed amid CAB protests. Munna Prasad Gupta has been appointed as the new city police chief, say officials.
Officials also said that Assam's additional general of police (Law and Order) Mukesh Agarwal was transferred as ADGP (CID) and GP Singh appointed in his place.
Internet services in Assam suspended for another 48 hours
Internet services in Assam have been suspended for another 48 hours, beginning from 12 noon today, the Additional Chief Secretary (Home and Political) Kumar Sanjay Krishna said.
Internet services will remain suspended in Lakhimpur, Dhemaji, Tinsukia, Dibrugarh, Charaideo, Sivasagar, Jorhat, Golaghat, Kamrup (Metro) and Kamrup, Additional Chief Secretary (Home and Political department) Sanjay Krishna said.
India is not safe in the hands of PM Modi: Ravindra Choubey
While addressing media persons in Raipur, the Congress leader said, "It is very clear that the whole country is not safe in the hands of PM Modi. The way the Central government is making modifications merely reflect their own failure to understand our system."
He added, "PM Modi and his party president Amit Shah should reconsider their decision because the country shouldn't be run on the principles of Hitler, but on the principles of unity and public acceptance."
Bangladesh Foreign Minister cancels India visit
Bangladesh Foreign Minister A K Abdul Momen has cancelled his three-day visit to India beginning Thursday over the situation arising out of the passage of the controversial Citizenship (Amendment) Bill in Parliament, diplomatic sources said.
According to an earlier advisory issued by the Ministry of External Affairs, Momen was scheduled to arrive here at 5:20 pm on Thursday.
Assam MLA's house set ablaze amid protests
In Assam's Chabua, MLA Binod Hazarika's residence was set ablaze, officials said. Vehicles were torched by anti-CAB protestors and the circle office also burned down.
'Citizenship bill will not adversely affect Assam: State minister Himanta Biswa Sarma
"Citizenship bill will not adversely affect Assam, will help refugees facing religious persecution," Assam minister Himanta Biswa Sarma tells PTI.
Asom Gana Parishad headquarters attacked by protesters in Guwahati's Ambari
Asom Gana Parishad headquarters in Guwahati's Ambari area were attacked by protesters, and vehicles parked outside were vandalised, the police said.
Assam Governor Jagdish Mukhi appeals for peace in the state
Governor Jagdish Mukhi on Thursday appealed to the people to maintain peace in Assam, the hotbed of protests against the Citizenship (Amendment) Bill.
"If the student community has any issues against the government they have every right to agitate but they should do it in a democratic and peaceful manner, without taking the law in their hands," he said.
Mukhi said the approval of the Bill by Parliament has shown that the Centre is committed to taking remedial steps, including implementation of the Clause VI of the Assam Accord to safeguard the culture, ethos, language, along with other rights of the indigenous people.
Stones thrown at Assam Police chief Bhaskar Jyoti Mahanta's convoy
Stones were thrown at Assam Police chief Bhaskar Jyoti Mahanta's convoy on Thursday when he was touring the city, ravaged by violent protests against the Citizenship (Amendment) Bill.
The cavalcade was on the Guwahati-Shillong Road near Christian Basti where it was attacked. Stones were thrown at several vehicles in the convoy that was on its way from the Secretariat. The convoy had to stop several times as the entire stretch was blocked by protesters who put up wooden structures and iron barricades.
When the vehicles stopped in the Christian Basti area and security personnel were clearing the road, some protesters threw stones. No one was hurt and no damage occurred.
Several trains cancelled in Assam
Nine trains to and from Dibrugarh in Assam have been cancelled and partially cancelled on Thursday due to the agitation following the passing of the contentious Citizenship (Amendment) Bill (CAB) by the Parliament.
According to a press release, three trains, including the Rajdhani Express travelling from Dibrugarh to New Delhi, have been cancelled, while six trains, including the Brahmaputra Mail from Delhi to Dibrugarh, have been partially cancelled.
At least two killed by bullet injuries after police open fire in Guwahati
At least two persons died due to bullet injuries on Thursday after police opened fire on protesters in Assam's Guwahati, officials said.
An official of the Gauhati Medical College and Hospital told PTI that one person was "brought dead" and another succumbed to injuries while undergoing treatment.
The official, however, could not give their names, saying that "they were brought unidentified".
Indefinite curfew imposed in Assam's Tezpur and Dhekiajuli towns: officials
Indefinite curfew has been imposed in Assam's Tezpur and Dhekiajuli towns. Night curfew has been imposed in Jorhat, Golaghat, Tinsukia, Charaideo districts, officials said.
Bus terminus set on fire in Dibrugarh
A bus terminus of the Assam State Transport Corporation (ASTC) in Dibrugarh was set ablaze by protestors on Thursday, officials said.
A large number of people reached the ASTC terminus at the Chowkidingi area of the city and vandalised the complex and set it on fire, they said.
Army and fire tenders were rushed and they doused the flames without much damage, a senior district official said.
Senior officials of the district administration, including an additional deputy commissioner, are at the spot and monitoring the situation.
RTI activist and peasant leader Akhil Gogoi arrested
RTI activist and peasant leader Akhil Gogoi was arrested on Thursday in Assam's Jorhat district as a preventive measure, amid violent protests against the Citizenship (Amendment) Bill across the state, officials said.
Residence of Handloom Minister Ranjit Dutta at Behali attacked
Residences of Handloom Minister Ranjit Dutta at Behali, and BJP MLAs Padma Hazarika at Sootea and Binod Hazarika in Chabua were also attacked.
Doubts over Citizenship Amendment Bill not baseless, there is a strong possibility of it creating division: Assam Speaker Hitendra Nath Goswami