With Citizenship Act protests refusing to die in Assam, Centre deploys eight columns of Indian Army, Assam Rifles

A total of eight columns of the Army and Assam Rifles have been deployed in Assam, including capital Guwahati to control the ongoing violent protests against the Citizenship Amendment Bill and the amended Citizenship Act

Press Trust of India December 13, 2019 21:44:42 IST
With Citizenship Act protests refusing to die in Assam, Centre deploys eight columns of Indian Army, Assam Rifles
  • Till now, a total of eight columns have been requisitioned which include one in Bongaigaon, one in Morigaon, four columns in Guwahati and two in Sonitpur, said Defence Public Relation Officer Lt Col P Khongsai

  • The Army was called out on Wednesday as the protestors turned violent over the Citizenship Amendment Bill and the amended Citizenship Act

  • All Army and Assam Rifles columns have managed to restore normalcy in the areas they were deployed, Khongsai added

Guwahati: A total of eight columns of the Army and Assam Rifles have been deployed in Assam, including capital Guwahati to control the ongoing violent protests against the Citizenship Amendment Bill and the amended Citizenship Act.

Defence Public Relation Officer Lt Col P Khongsai said the Army and Assam Rifles were requisitioned by the civil administration in Morigaon, Sonitpur and Dibrugarh districts besides Guwahati to arrest the deteriorating law and order situation.

With Citizenship Act protests refusing to die in Assam Centre deploys eight columns of Indian Army Assam Rifles

Indian army conduct flag march on the second day of curfew imposed in Guwahati. PTI

The Army was called out on Wednesday as the protestors turned violent over the Bill.

President Ram Nath Kovind gave his assent to the bill on Friday which made it an act.

"Till now, a total of eight columns have been requisitioned which include one in Bongaigaon, one in Morigaon, four columns in Guwahati and two in Sonitpur," he said.

Each column of the force comprises of around 70 personnel.

All Army and Assam Rifles columns have managed to restore normalcy in the areas they were deployed and have been continuously working to aid the civil administration, Khongsai added.

Assam is witnessing one of the most violent protests by the people in its history with three railway stations, post office, bank, bus terminus and many other public properties being set ablaze or totally damaged.

After the Rajya Sabha passed the Citizenship (Amendment) Bill, the state erupted in uncontrolled protests, in which agitators engaged in pitched battle in almost every major city or town, forcing the administration to impose curfew.

Several towns and cities were placed under indefinite curfew, including Guwahati, the epicentre of protests, besides Dibrugarh, Tezpur and Dhekiajuli. Night curfew was imposed in Jorhat, Golaghat, Tinsukia and Charaideo districts.

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