Women protesting at ITI field in Tinsukia on Thursday Credit: Rishu Kalantri

Tinsukia: Thousands of women took out protest rallies from different parts of Tinsukia town under the banner of All Assam Students’ Union (AASU) and staged a sit-in protest at ITI field at Borguri in Assam’s Tinsukia district on Saturday.

The ‘Naari shakti’ (women power) brigade was joined by members of Tinsukia district journalists’ association and Tinsukia Press Club.

A rally taken out by Tinsukia District Journalists’ Association on Saturday

Speaking with EastMojo, Sri Sri Aadarsha Satra Satradhikar Sri Sri Munmun Debo Mahanto said, “I appeal to chief minister Sarbananda Sonowal not to take any step which is against the people of Assam, our culture and identity.”

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“Citizenship Amendment Act is against the people of Assam and needs to be scrapped,” he added.

When asked why she was a part of the rally, a young woman, Principiya Nath, raised the slogan: “CAA aamak nalage, CAA aami naamanu, CAA aami jolaidim, morile nalage, BJP go back, RSS go back (We want do not need CAA, we will not accept CAA, we will burn CAA, even if we die we don’t need it).”

Speaking with EastMojo, the president of Tinsukia district journalists’ association Rishi Das said, “The act is not just unconstitutional, but it also violates the very spirit of Assam Accord signed by the government of India.”

“Hence, we cannot accept this bill,” he added.

In the meantime, there has been a further improvement in the situation in Upper Assam’s Tinsukia and Dibrugarh districts with business houses trying to make up for the lost days.

In Tinsukia, the district adminsitration has re-imposed curfew from 8 pm to 5 am after a relaxation of 15 hours, whereas Dibrugarh district has re-imposed curfew from 10 pm to 6 am after a relaxation of 16 hours.

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