Anti-Citizenship Act protests in Assam: Curfew relaxed in Guwahati, parts of Dibrugarh; State DGP says 85 arrested over violence

The curfew imposed in Guwahati and parts of Dibrugarh district following protests against the amended Citizenship Act was relaxed on Sunday, police said

Press Trust of India December 15, 2019 09:59:03 IST
Anti-Citizenship Act protests in Assam: Curfew relaxed in Guwahati, parts of Dibrugarh; State DGP says 85 arrested over violence
  • Curfew was relaxed from 7 am to 4 pm in Dibrugarh west, Naharkatia, Tenughat and some other places in the Dibrugarh district

  • Long queues were seen outside shops at several places and auto-rickshaws and cycle-rickshaws were plying across the city

  • The curfew was also relaxed in Guwahati from 9 am to 4 pm on Saturday

Guwahati: The curfew imposed in Guwahati and parts of Dibrugarh district following protests against the amended Citizenship Act was relaxed on Sunday, police said.

AntiCitizenship Act protests in Assam Curfew relaxed in Guwahati parts of Dibrugarh State DGP says 85 arrested over violence

Vehicles torched by protestors agitating against the passing of Citizenship Amendment Bill (CAB) at Sanmtragachi in West Bengal. PTI

Curfew was relaxed from 9 am to 6 pm in Guwahati. It was also relaxed from 7 am to 4 pm in Dibrugarh west, Naharkatia, Tenughat and some other places in the district from 7 am to 4 pm, officials said.

Long queues were seen outside shops at several places, including Dispur, Uzan Bazar, Chandmari, Silpukhuri and Zoo Road in Guwahati town. Auto-rickshaws and cycle-rickshaws were plying across the city.

Petrol pumps in the city have also opened with vehicles waiting in lines to refuel. Police are using loudspeakers to inform the public about the relaxation, an official added.

After the Citizenship (Amendment) Bill was cleared by Parliament, violent protests broke out in the city and other parts of the state with agitators engaging in pitched battles with the police, forcing the administration to impose curfew.

The curfew, imposed in Guwahati and Dibrugarh town amid violent protests against the amended Citizenship Act, was relaxed on Saturday for a few hours, officials said. The curfew was relaxed in Guwahati from 9 am to 4 pm and in Dibrugarh from 8 am to 2 pm, they said.

The curfew, imposed in parts of the city amid violent protests against the amended Citizenship Act, was relaxed on Saturday from 10 am to 7 pm as the law and order situation improved, officials said.

Assam Director General of Police (DGP) Bhaskar Jyoti Mahanta on Saturday said 85  people have been arrested so far in connection with violent incidents during protests against the amended Citizenship Act. The situation is under control and police will take stern action against people indulging in violence, Mahanta said.

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