Assam To Block Mobile Internet Amid Citizenship Bill Protests

Mobile internet services will be suspended in 10 districts of Assam and the army has been asked to be on Standby as tens of thousands of protesters against Citizenship (Amendment) Bill or CAB clashed with policemen on Wednesday

Assam To Block Mobile Internet Amid Citizenship Bill Protests
Protest Against CAB in Assam (SabrangIndia)

Mobile internet services will be suspended in 10 districts of Assam and the army has been asked to be on Standby as tens of thousands of protesters against Citizenship (Amendment) Bill or CAB clashed with policemen on Wednesday, plunging the state into chaos of a magnitude unseen since the violent six-year movement by students that ended with the signing of the Assam accord in 1985.

Assam Chief Minister Sarbananda Sonowal was among those stuck at the Guwahati Airport on Wednesday amid massive protests over CAB being debated in the Rajya Sabha two days after it was cleared by the Lok Sabha. Mr Sonowal's security detail, however, managed to take the Chief Minister to his residence through the city, parts of which resembled a warzone.

Though no party or student body has called a shutdown, protesters, a majority of them students, fought pitched battles with security forces in the restive state, including in front of the secretariat, the seat of the BJP government.

Police fired blank shots, tear gas shells and lathi-charged protesters, who fought back. According to student leaders, many protesters 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 like Dibrugarh and Jorhat, news agency PTI reported.

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, provoking police action.

Police charged back with sticks, water cannons and teargas shells at the protesters, who were seen flinging the shells back at men in uniform.

Source : NDTV