GUWAHATI: Three Army columns have been requisitioned by civil administration in Tripura and Assam as the protests against the Citizenship (Amendment) Bill turned critical soon after Union home minister Amit Shah tabled the contentious bill in Rajya Sabha.
Defense PRO Lt Col P Khongsai said that two Army columns have been deployed in Tripura – Kanchanpur in Radahnagar district and Manu in Dhalai district. “Army field commanders and Army HQ are monitoring the situation closely,” he added.
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“A third column has been requisitioned at by Bongaigaon deputy commissioner in Assam. This column is on standby about a km short of area of deployment. It will be deployed if required, ”the PRO said.
A policeman fires teargas shells to disperse protesters in Guwahati
He added, “Army column which was called in in Dibrugarh earlier was called back as the situation has calmed down.”
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Thousands of students from every college in Guwahati, including those from Guwahati Medical College, Assam Engineering College, took out a massive protest march through the Guwahati-Shillong Road, the main road of the city on way to the state capital at Dispur.
Police and Central Reserve Police Force who blocked the students at Bhangagarh clashed with the students. Several students were caned by police. Tear gas shells were also fired to disperse the students.
At Chauldhowa in Dibrugarh also several students have been injured in police lathi-charge and have been rushed to Assam Medical College there.
Guwahati and Dibrugarh universities have postponed the examinations for an indefinite period while in several colleges students have boycotted the ongoing annual emanation and have come out on the states to join the ant-CAB protest.
The protests marches at numerous locations in the city have brought traffic on all roads in the city to a standstill. Hundreds of vehicles leading in and out of the city are stranded for hours.
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