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Citizenship Amendment Bill protests Updates: 3 dead in Guwahati after police 'opens fire' on protesters; curfew imposed in Shillong

Citizenship Amendment Bill protests LIVE Updates: At least three people have died due to bullet injuries on Thursday after police opened fire on protesters in Assam's Guwahati, reports 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'.

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Citizenship Amendment Bill protests Updates: 3 dead in Guwahati after police 'opens fire' on protesters; curfew imposed in Shillong

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18:58 (ist)

One dead due to CAB protests in Assam

One person has succumbed to a bullet injury in Assam due to the violent protests against the Citizenship Amendment Bill on Thursday, sources said. The Chaygaon resident was reportedly injured in Lachit Nagar and was admitted to the Guwahati Medical College.

The state is facing violent protests against the Citizenship Amendment Bill for the third consecutive day on Thursday.

17:23 (ist)

There seems to be confusion, says MEA on Bangladesh FM's remarks over CAB

Reacting to Bangladesh foreign minister AK Abdul Momen's comments on India's stand on illegal immigrants from Bangladesh, MEA spokesperson Raveesh Kumar on Thursday said that "there seemed to be some confusion" on India's rationale behind the Citizenship Amendment Bill.

On Tuesday, Momen was quoted by The Dhaka Tribune as saying, "What they are saying in regards to torture on Hindus is unwarranted as well as untrue. There are very few countries in the world where communal harmony is as good as in Bangladesh. We have no minorities. We are all equal. If he [Amit Shah] stayed in Bangladesh for a few months, he would see the exemplary communal harmony in our country.”

In response, Raveesh echoed the "golden chapter" line by top officials of both governments and said, "There seems to be some confusion. We've explained that religious persecution are not happening under present government. Migrants who have sought refuge in India from Bangladesh have faced persecution&abuse on religious grounds."

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Dec 12, 2019 - 20:44 (IST)

Farmer leader Akhil Gogoi arrested

Krishak Mukti Sangram Samiti president Akhil gogoi has been arrested in Assam's Jorhat as violent protests against the Citizenship Amendment Bill continued on Thursday.

Dec 12, 2019 - 20:37 (IST)

Hitendra Nath Goswami urges Assam govt, Centre to address unrest over CAB

Speaker of the Assam Assembly, Hitendra Nath Goswami, issued a statement on Thursday as violent protests against the Citizenship Amendment Bill continued in the state.

"Yesterday, the Parliament of India accorded constitutional status to the Citizenship Amendment Bill 2019 by passing it in the Rajya Sabha. As the Speaker of the Assam Legislative Assembly and being in a constitutional position, it’s not appropriate for me to comment on a law passed by the Parliament of India, but as a revolutionary and participant of the Assam agitation, I believe that the fear and misunderstanding caused by the Bill is not negligible.

Anticipating that the implementation of the Bill will cause unrest among different tribal and linguistic groups of Assam, I, in last January when the Lok Sabha had adopted the Bill on 9 January 2019, had expressed in a statement that as a citizen and bipartisan observer that anything that will cause unrest and division among the citizens of Assam, particularly the indigenous people, is not something that my conscience allows me to support. That was my then, that is my stand today and will remain the same in the future.

Apart from being the constitutional head of the Assembly, I am also the representative of the people of Jorhat Legislative Assembly constituency. When I got elected as the Speaker of the House, I raised myself above party politics and conducted the house in an impartial way. And because of my role, I can not be part of party politics.

Apart from shouldering the constitutional responsibilities as a Speaker of the Assam Legislative Assembly, I am also responsible for all-round development of my constituency, and even after being a Speaker, I can not be above the people.

Therefore, with regards to the CAB, sensing the anger of the people of Assam, particularly among the youth, I appeal to both the Central Government and the State Government to take necessary steps to address the problems of the people immediately and seriously.

After being in politics for 30 long years, we have learnt a lot, and it’s our responsibility to honour the sensibilities of the younger generation. At last, as a Speaker of the Assembly, I appeal to all stakeholders to maintain calm across the state.

Hitendra Nath Goswami
Speaker, Assam Legislative Assembly"

Dec 12, 2019 - 20:33 (IST)

Dibrugarh bus terminal set on fire

A bus terminus of the Assam State Transport Corporation (ASTC) in Dibrugarh was set ablaze by protestors on Thursday, PTI reported. 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.

Army and fire tenders were rushed and they doused the flames without much damage.

Dec 12, 2019 - 19:48 (IST)

Two more dead in CAB protests in Assam

At least three people have died due to bullet injuries on Thursday after police opened fire on protesters in Assam's Guwahati, reports 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".

The state has been on edge as thousands of angry protesters came out on streets defying curfew on Thursday, heckling Army contingents staging flag marches, and clashing with police across cities.

Dec 12, 2019 - 19:41 (IST)

Presidency University students hold protest

Students of the Presidency University in Kolkata staged a protest against the Citizenship Amendment Bill, even as violent protests continued in Assam for the third consecutive day. The contentious legislation was passed by Parliament on Wednesday.

Dec 12, 2019 - 19:35 (IST)

DU holds protests against CAB

Delhi University students burnt copies of the Citizenship (Amendment) Bill here on Thursday as part of a protest against the proposed legislation which they dubbed as "unconstitutional" and "communal".

The protest at the university's Art Faculty was called by various students' bodies, including the Left-backed All India Students' Association (AISA) and Students' Federation of India, and autonomous women students' collective Pinjra Tod, under the banner of Collective-DU. Other organisations and students from Assam also took part in the demonstration.

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Dec 12, 2019 - 19:30 (IST)

Maharashtra IPS officer resigns in protest against CAB

Abdur Rahman, a special IGP in Mumbai, issued his resignation on Wednesdat after the Citizenship Amendment Bill was passed in the Rajya Sabha.

On Thursday, he said, "The Citizenship Amendment Bill is against the spirit of Constitution. As Civil Disobedience Movement, I have decided to not attend office."

Dec 12, 2019 - 19:26 (IST)

Curfew imposed in Shillong

A curfew has been imposed in Meghalaya's Shillong and SMS and internet services have been suspended across the state for 48 hours starting from 5 pm on Thursday.

Dec 12, 2019 - 19:13 (IST)

Two wounded in Assam as CAB protests continue

In addition to one casualty in the Assam protests against Citizenship Amendment Bill on Thursday, sources said that two others were also wounded.

Dec 12, 2019 - 19:08 (IST)

Flash protests against CAB erupt at India Gate

A motley group of protesters gathered at the India Gate here protesting against the "divisive" Citizenship Amendment Bill which passed the Rajya Sabha hurdle on Wednesday. The protesters raised anti-BJP and anti-government slogans and asked the President not to sign the Bill into a law.

The police appealed the playcard-carrying protesters to disperse but to no avail.
 
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Citizenship Amendment Bill protests LATEST Updates: At least three people have died due to bullet injuries on Thursday after police opened fire on protesters in Assam's Guwahati, reports 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".

The state has been on edge as thousands of angry protesters came out on streets defying curfew on Thursday, heckling Army contingents staging flag marches, and clashing with police across cities.

A curfew has been imposed in Meghalaya's Shillong and SMS and internet services have been suspended across the state for 48 hours starting from 5 pm on Thursday, sources said.

One person has succumbed to a bullet injury in Assam due to the violent protests against the Citizenship Amendment Bill on Thursday, sources said. The Chaygaon resident was reportedly injured in Lachit Nagar and was admitted to the Guwahati Medical College.

The state is facing violent protests against the Citizenship Amendment Bill for the third consecutive day on Thursday.

Kerala chief minister Pinarayi Vijayan on Thursday echoed West Bengal chief minister Mamata Banerjee's resistance to the Citizenship Amendment Bill and said that Kerala wouldn't accept it.

"CAB is unconstitutional. The central government is trying to divide India on religious lines. This is a move to sabotage equality and secularism," he said.

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 personnels were clearing the road, some protesters threw stones. No one was hurt and no damage occurred.

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Artist Papon Angaraag on Thursday said he had cancelled his concert in Delhi due to the violent protests over the Citizenship Amendment Bill in Assam and Tripura.

He said, "Dear Delhi. I am very sorry but I have decided not to do the concert tomorrow at ‘imperfectoshor’ as planned! My home state Assam is burning, crying and under curfew! I won’t be able to entertain you the way I should in my present state of mind!"

"I know this is unfair on you as you had bought tickets and planned long ahead. I am sure the organizers will take care of that in someway and as promised I’ll see you all on another day in future! I hope you will understand!" he added.

Amid violent protests all over Assam, a curfew was imposed in Tinsukia for 24 hours and in Jorhat for 12 hours. Section 144 was imposed by the Assam administration in several districts, including Sonitpur, Lakhimpur and Tinsukia.

In a meeting of the unified command, presided over by the Chief Secretary, it was decided that the Indian Army will take charge of the security situation in Assam, which has seen violent protests since the passage of the Citizenship Amendment Bill by the Parliament.

In Assam's Chabua, BJP MLA Binod Hazarika's residence was set ablaze by anti-Citizenship Amendment Bill protestors, PTI reported, quoting officials.​ Additonally, vehicles and the circle office were torched by protestors.

Bangladesh Foreign Minister AK Abdul Momen has cancelled his visit to India, scheduled for 12 to 14 December. This comes amid Bangladesh raising strong objections against the Citizenship (Amendment) Bill. "I had to cancel my trip to New Delhi as I have to participate in the 'Buddijibi Debosh' and 'Bijoy Debosh' and more so as our State Minister is out of the country in Madrid and our Foreign Secretary is in the Hague," Momen told ANI.

Stone pelting was reported at the residence of Nagaon MLA Rupak Sarmah in Assam, while protestors surrounded the Guwahati residence of Rajya Sabha BJP MP Bhubaneswar Kalita's house.​Borsola MLA Ganesh Limbu's house was also surrounded by protesters.

Closure of schools in Biswanath till 14 December and in Guwahati till 22 December was ordered by the administration.

Internet has been suspended in Assam for another 48 hours effective from 12 pm on Thursday amid violent protests in the state against the Citizenship Amendment Bill.

The Union Ministry of Information and Broadcasting has issued an advisory to private satellite television channels to be particularly cautious about airing content that is likely to incite violence, promote "anti-national attitudes" and contain anything affecting the integrity of the nation.

Top SPG officer Munna Prasad Gupta has replaced Deepak Kumar as the Guwahati police commissioner, even as violent  protests are being witnessed in Assam. A 1995 batch IPS officer of the Assam Meghalaya cadre, Gupta was earlier given extension in the central deputation tenure as IG in SPG for the period from 21 February, 2018 to 15 September, 2019.

Meanwhile, Meghalaya Chief Minister Conrad Sangma will meet Home Minister Amit Shah at 8 pm.

As protests gained intensity in the North East, protestors burnt down a police vehicle in Assam's Tezpur. The agitators were lathi charged by paramilitary forces. Amid protests in Assam over the Citizenship (Amendment) Bill, 2019, Chief Minister Sarbananda Sonowal appealed to the people of the state to maintain peace.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi addressing an election rally in Jharkhand's Dhanbad urged citizens of North East to "have faith" in "servant Modi." "Today, I appeal to the North-East and especially to the brothers and sisters of Assam and young colleagues from this platform to have faith in your servant Modi. I will not let any tradition of North-East brothers and sisters bear language and culture." Modi's statements came amid widespread protests against the Citizenship Amendment Bill in northeastern states.

The Centre accused the Congress of instigating violence in the North East. During Zero Hour, Congress' Adhir Chowdhury raised the issue of violence in parts of the Northeast, to which Parliamentary Affairs Minister Pralhad Joshi said that the Congress was instigating violence in the region and the government condemned it. After Joshi's remarks, Congress members walked out of the proceedings.

Protestors have allegedly attacked the BJP and Asom Gana Parishad offices in Assam's Majuli district, while in Guwahati, people have violated the curfew and have assembled in large numbers at the Latasil ground to protest the Citizenship Amendment Bill.

Railways has suspended all passenger train services in Tripura and Assam and short-terminated long distance trains to the region to Guwahati following protests in the two states over the passage of the Citizenship Amendment Bill, a railway spokesperson told PTI. Northeast Frontier Railway spokesperson Subhanan Chanda said many passengers are stranded in Kamakhya and Guwahati.

In response to Narendra Modi's tweet assuring the people of Assam that their rights, identity and culture will be preserved, the Congress responded that the message cannot reach the North Eastern state amid an internet shutdown there.

Amid widespread protests across the North East, four protestors were wounded and one was in a serious condition after being hit on the head by a bullet after police personnel opened fire at protestors in Assam's Lalung Gaon. In Guwahati, protestors burnt an effigy of Assam's finance minister Himanta Biswa Sarma, with one of the agitators accusing him of turning Assam into Kashmir.

The Ranji Trophy matches for the 86th season in Assam and Tripura have been suspended after the passage of Citizenship Bill. In lieu of unrest in Assam, services of 21 passenger trains in the North East frontier railways have been suspended. Additionally, an Indian Super League football between Northeast United FC and Chennaiyin FC to be held in Guwahati has been postponed amid violent protests.

As tens of thousands of protesters against the CAB descended on the streets of Assam clashing with police on Wednesday, Prime Minister Narendra Modi took to Twitter to "assure" the people of the state that they have nothing to worry about.

"I want to assure them – no one can take away your rights, unique identity and beautiful culture. It will continue to flourish and grow."

As the mercurial debate on the Citizenship Amendment Bill culminated in the passing of the controversial legislation in the Rajya Sabha on Wednesday, the Indian Union Muslim League (IUML) MPs will file a writ petition against the Bill in the Supreme Court today, reported News18.

According to CNN-News18 legal editor Utkarsh Anand, the line of argument in their petition would be the breaching of Article 14, equality before the law and the right against discrimination.

Smouldering with protests as the Rajya Sabha passed the contentious Citizenship Amendment Bill on Wednesday, curfew has been imposed in Assam's Guwahati and Dibrugarh for an indefinite period.

The curfew in Guwahati, which was imposed at 6.15 pm, has been extended till an indefinite period, Assam Police additional director-general (Law and Order) Mukesh Agrawal told PTI.

"We will periodically review the situation and take the decision to lift it accordingly," he added.

Citizenship Amendment Bill protests Updates 3 dead in Guwahati after police opens fire on protesters curfew imposed in Shillong

Protesters burn tyres and banners protesting against Citizenship Amendment Bill in Guwahati on Wednesday. Ashish Malakar/News18 Assam North East

Earlier, Assam Police director-general Bhaskar Jyoti Mahanta said the curfew will be in place till 7 am on Thursday.

"In Dibrugarh, curfew was imposed on Wednesday night and will be in force till further orders," Deputy Commissioner Pallav Gopal Jha said.

The army was deployed in four districts to quell the protests.

Army PRO Lieutenant-Colonel P Khongsai said two Army columns have been deployed in Guwahati city and are carrying out flag marches. "The Army has also been deployed in Tinsukia and Dibrugarh districts," officials sad.

On Wednesday night, the army was called in at Jorhat and its personnel were staging flag march, Deputy Commissioner Roshni Korati told PTI.

The Assam government suspended mobile internet and data services of all service providers for 24 hours starting 7 pm Wednesday in Lakhimpur, Dhemaji, Tinsukia, Dibrugarh, Charaideo, Sivasagar, Jorhat, Golaghat, Kamrup (Metro) and Kamrup districts, according to a notification issued by the government.

Tens of thousands of protesters against the CAB descended on the streets of Assam, clashing with police and 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.

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 tear gas shells and baton-charged protesters, who fought back.

The Citizenship Amendment Bill, 2019, which has already been approved by Lok Sabha and Rajya Sabha, proposes to give citizenship to Hindus, Christians, Parsis, Jains, Buddhists and Sikhs facing religion persecution in Pakistan, Bangladesh and Afghanistan.

With inputs from PTI 

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