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Bandh against Citizenship Bill: Protestors pelt stones, damage vehicles in Assam

Guwahati, January 8: Protestors pelted stones at the moving vehicles in the state in wake of the 11-hour bandh called by the Northeast Students’ Organisation (NESO), All Assam Students’ Union (AASU) and other 30 indigenous organisations on Tuesday to protest against the controversial Citizenship (Amendment) Bill, 2016.

Several vehicles, including private vehicles and auto rickshaws, have been damaged by protestors in Uzan Bazar, Silpukhuri, Azara and Khanapara. Agitators are carrying demonstrations by burning tyres across the state.

The 11-hour bandh started amid tight security at 5 am. Tyres were burnt at various places in Assam.

Security arrangements were intensified across Assam in view of the 11-hour bandh called by the Northeast Students’ Organisation (NESO), All Assam Students’ Union (AASU) and other 30 indigenous organisations on Tuesday to protest against the controversial Citizenship (Amendment) Bill, 2016.
 

The patrolling by the police and paramilitary forces intensified across the state. The respective district superintendents of police and deputy commissioners have been instructed to ensure public peace and maintain law and order. Additional forces have been deployed across Assam to prevent any untoward incident.

Shops, educational institutions, and business establishments remain closed. The railway tracks were blocked briefly in Guwahati and Dibrugarh but the GRP removed picketers from the tracks. On the other hand, the train and flight schedules remained unaffected till now.

~Time8



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