Tinsukia: The Makum unit of the All Assam Students’ Union (AASU) took out a motorcycle rally in Upper Assam’s Makum town raising slogans against Citizenship (Amendment) Act (CAA) on Thursday.
The protest rally came a day after the deputy commissioner of Tinsukia issued an order advising people to avoid public gatherings and not to conduct meetings, functions, processions, rally, etc, and at a time when the state government has ordered closure of all schools, college, universities, malls, cinema halls, multiplexes, gymnasiums, mini-gymnasiums, swimming pools in the state of Assam up to March 29.
Taking to EastMojo, secretary of AASU Makum aanchalik samiti Rontu Borsaikia said that the motorcycle rally was taken to register their protest against CAA.
“Around 70 youths from various locals organisations participated in the rally that originated from Rajnikant Bordoloi Khel Pathar at Makum and travelled through various wards of Makum town before culminating at the national highway 37 and 38 junction,” Borsaikia said, adding, “We gathered at the junction for over 15 minutes and several leaders addressed the gathering.”
Borsaikia said that they demand that the unconstitutional and undemocratic Act which is against the ingenious people of Assam to be scrapped. “We shall continue our protest till the government pay heed to our demands,” Borsaikia said.
When questioned, Borsaikia said that they did not take permission to hold the rally, neither were they informed by district administration or police administration that rallies cannot be taken out as part of precautionary measure to stop coronavirus from spreading. “In fact, senior police officials were present before the rally was culminated,” he added.
The deputy commissioner of Tinsukia, Bhaskar Pegu, ordered closure of schools, college, universities, malls, cinema halls, multiplexes, gymnasiums, mini-gymnasiums, swimming pools in the district with immediate effect until March 29.
In its order number TCA2/2019/45 dated March 15, the DC said that in view of situation arising out of coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic globally and in the country and the instructions of government of India including government of Assam the following directions are made as a precautionary measure in respect of Tinsukia district. “The district Library auditorium will remain closed with immediate effect. All public halls, private halls including Bibah Bhawan and Natya Mandir, Tinsukia will remain close for public gathering except in exceptional cases for which concerned proprietor/ custodian will approach the district administration, Tinsukia,” the order read.
“It is advised to avoid public gatherings and not to conduct meetings, functions, processions, rally etc including thereafter, religious congregation where large gatherings are involved,” the order read with instructions to hotel owners to keep track of customers coming from places having COVID-19 history and inform district administration and health authorities immediately.
The order also carries directions on all road side open food stalls and vendors selling meat and fish.