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A protest rally in Tinsukia on Monday
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ASSAM

Assam CAB stir: Protesters defy prohibitory orders in Tinsukia

Demonstrators block NH-37 & 38, railway tracks at Makum despite orders by district magistrate under Section 144 of CrPC prohibiting use of torchlights in protests

Rishu Kalantri

Rishu Kalantri

Tinsukia: Hundreds of activists under the banner of Krishak Mukti Sangram Samiti (KMSS) on Monday took out a torch procession in Assam's Tinsukia town defying prohibitory orders clamped by the district magistrate.

On Sunday night, the district magistrate had issued prohibitory orders under Section 144 of the CrPC prohibiting use of torchlight such as 'mashal' with fire using inflammable substances during any rally and possession in the upper Assam district.

The development comes in the wake of a fire incident that broke out at a business establishment on Sunday, minutes after a torch rally crossed the area. It was alleged that a few miscreants in the torch procession had thrown a ball of fire finding the shop open.

A woman protester said, "We will not accept CAB under any circumstances. We had been appealing the Centre and the state government to scrap CAB. Now we have come on roads and if required we will give our blood but not accept illegal Bangladeshis and the Bill."

On the other hand, Asom Jatiyatabadi Yuba Chatra Parishad had gheraoed Asom Gana Parishad office in Tinsukia and burnt tyres.

AJYCP leader Kon Gogoi said, "We wanted BJP not to bring the controversial legislature. "AGP, a regional political front, has betrayed the people of Assam. Earlier, AGP minister resigned from the Cabinet but a couple of months later again became minister in a suspicious manner. His eyes are on crores and crores of rupees budget in his ministry."

At Makum, hundreds of activists led by All Moran Students' Union and supported by various organisations blocked National Highways 37 and 38 and railway track at Makum in Assam's Tinsukia district halting a Diesel Electric Multiple Unit (DEMU) train at Makum.

The blockade was underway till the filing of the news report.

In the neighbouring Dibrugarh district, thousands of protesters led by AASU took out a torch rally against government move.

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