Tinsukia: “CAA aami namanu… namanu, namanu (we will not accept Citizenship Amendment Act).” The message was loud and clear from the elderly men, dressed in traditional attire, leading a rally, taken out by the joint forum under Moran and Matak organisations, in Tinsukia town on Tuesday.
More than 15,000 protestors participated in the rally taken out from the ITI field in Borguri and culminated on AT Road outside ASTC Bus stand after which a public meeting took place right at the road bringing the town to a standstill.
Tinsukia town remained closed for nine days in a row, besides partially opening for few hours on Sunday.
Addressing the gathering, All Assam Matak Students’ Union’s (AAMSU) general secretary Dhoroni Gohain said, “We are not against any community, but the injustice done by this government by imposing this act on us.”
He said, through this act, which has endangered the existence of our identity, community and language, the government wants to bring lakhs and lakhs of Hindus from other Bangladesh, Afghanistan and Pakistan. “We want to [ask] Dispur and Delhi why it is that the Hindu’s staying in Assam and protesting here with us do not want this Act,” Gohain questioned.
The AAMSU leader said, “865 people laid their life during Assam Andolan [agitation]. Then we agreed upon 25 March, 1971 as the cut-off date for taking people in Assam, but those who were heroes of that Andolan today backstabbed the people of Assam by increasing the cut-off date.”
“We gave them power to save Assamese community, identity and culture but they did not hear us out and sold themselves to RSS and BJP and agreed to bring this Act which will send the future of Assamese in darkness,” said Gohain, adding, “We will not accept this Act.”
Several leaders from various organisations including All Moran Students’ Union, All Asom Students Union, All Tai Ahom Students’ Union among others addressed the gathering and protested the act.
In Dibrugarh, the situation seems to be better than Tinsukia. Markets successfully remained open for the second day.
The police have registered 46 cases and arrested 27 miscreants/people involved in anti-social activities in connection with the recent vandalism in Dibrugarh.
In a joint press conference by deputy commissioner of Dibrugarh Pallav Gopal Jha and superintendent of police, Sreejith Tiraviam told the press, that, the arrests have been done with sufficient evidence against them.
“Forty-three government installations have been damaged fully or partially in the recent vandalism activities by antisocial elements in the district,” said Jha.
The Dibrugarh district administration has thanked the conscious citizens and media of Dibrugarh for their support to control the situation.
The administration has appealed all to restrain from spreading rumours. The authority is closely monitoring persons spreading fake news and rumours and action has already started against them.
“The police are also verifying the CCTV and video footage received from various sources. Police has also identified the trouble mongers from the video and CCTV footage. Actions will be soon taken against them based on the evidences. No one will be spared,” said Sreejith T, adding, “We are also monitoring the price hike of essential commodities after the recent incidents and taking necessary actions.”