Tinsukia: A total shutdown was witnessed in various districts of upper Assam on Day 1 of the 48-hour ‘Assam Bandh’ called in protest against the Citizenship (Amendment) Bill.
Three youths stripped naked at Thana Chariali in Dibrugarh, a little after the controversial bill was tabled in Parliament.
KMSS leader Akhil Gogoi, who took out a motorcycle rally, said that so far the protest has been peaceful. “Despite this, if the government forces the Bill on Assam, the situation will turn violent and BJP and RSS will be thrown out of Assam,” he warned.
In neighbouring Tinsukia, protestors from various organisations including All Assam Students’ Union (AASU), All Tai Ahom Students’ Union (ATASU), All Assam Matak Yuva-Chatra Sanmilon and All Moran Students’ Union, gheraoed the residence of BJP MLA from Tinsukia Sanjoy Kishan, burning tyres in front of his main gate and deputy commissioner’s office, as well as the DRM’s office.
Most of the railway employees took voluntary leave after the protest started outside DRM office, a source in the Railway Protection Force told EastMojo.
Protestors raised slogans such as “CAB aami namanu namanu… BJP hosiyaar, RSS go back.. Narendra Modi murdabad, Amit Shah murdabad, Sarbananda Sonowal murdabad”, and warned the Central and the state government that they are playing with fire.
AASU district president Samerjyoti Gohain said, “We appeal the government to scrap the Bill. If they don’t hear us there will be a repeat of Assam agitation. We are not going to bow down or compromise when it comes to the fight for our existence and saving our culture and identity.”
“The government is playing with fire and if the government thinks that they can force such an unconstitutional legislature on Assamese people it will never happen,” warned ATASU joint general secretary Milan Buragohain, adding, “Assam will not tolerate a single illegal immigrant, irrespective of religion.”
Reports of protests and burning of tyres came from various towns in upper Assam.
All shops, offices and banks were shut down bringing normal life to a standstill. Most schools and colleges remained closed as roads bore a deserted look.