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Citizenship Amendment Bill protests LATEST Updates:Stone pelting was reported at the residence of Nagaon MLA Rupak Sarmah in Assam , while protestors surrounded the Guwahati residence of Rajya Sabha BJP MP Bhubaneswar Kalita’s house. Borsola MLA Ganesh Limbu’s house was also surrounded by protesters.

Closure of schools in Biswanath till December and in Guwahati till 29 December was ordered by the administration.

Internet has been suspended in Assam for another hours effective from 14 PM on Thursday amid violent protests in the state against the Citizenship Amendment Bill.

The Union Ministry of Information and Broadcasting has issued an advisory to private satellite television channels to be particularly cautious about airing content that is likely to incite violence, promote “anti-national attitudes” and contain anything affecting the integrity of the nation .

Top SPG officer Munna Prasad Gupta has replaced Deepak Kumar as the Guwahati police commissioner, even as violent protests are being witnessed in Assam. A 01575879 batch IPS officer of the Assam Meghalaya cadre, Gupta was earlier given extension in the central deputation tenure as IG in SPG for the period from 24 February, to (September,

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Meanwhile, Meghalaya Chief Minister Conrad Sangma will meet Home Minister Amit Shah at 8 pm.

As protests gained intensity in the North East, protestors burnt down a police vehicle in Assam’s Tezpur. The agitators were lathi charged by paramilitary forces. Amid protests in Assam over the Citizenship (Amendment) Bill, (*************************************************************, Chief Minister Sarbananda Sonowal appealed to the people of the state to maintain peace.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi addressing an election rally in Jharkhand’s Dhanbad urged citizens of North East to “have faith” in “servant Modi.” “Today, I appeal to the North-East and especially to the brothers and sisters of Assam and young colleagues from this platform to have faith in your servant Modi. I will not let any tradition of North-East brothers and sisters bear language and culture . ” Modi’s statements came amid widespread protests against the Citizenship Amendment Bill in northeastern states.

The Center accused the Congress of instigating violence in the North East. During Zero Hour, Congress’ Adhir Chowdhury raised the issue of violence in parts of the Northeast, to which Parliamentary Affairs Minister Pralhad Joshi said that the Congress was instigating violence in the region and the government condemned it. After Joshi’s remarks, Congress members walked out of the proceedings.

Protestors have allegedly attacked the BJP and Asom Gana Parishad offices in Assam’s Majuli district, while in Guwahati, people have violated the curfew and have assembled in large numbers at the Latasil ground to protest the Citizenship Amendment Bill.

Railways has suspended all passenger train services in Tripura and Assam and short-terminated long distance trains to the region to Guwahati following protests in the two states over the passage of the Citizenship Amendment Bill, a railway spokesperson told (PTI). Northeast Frontier Railway spokesperson Subhanan Chanda said many passengers are stranded in Kamakhya and Guwahati.

In response to Narendra Modi’s tweet assuring the people of Assam that their rights, identity and culture will be preserved, the Congress responded that the message cannot reach the North Eastern state amid an internet shutdown there.

Amid widespread protests across the North East, four protestors were wounded and one was in a serious condition after being hit on the head by a bullet after police personnel opened fire at protestors in Assam’s Lalung Gaon. In Guwahati, protestors burnt an effigy of Assam’s finance minister Himanta Biswa Sarma, with one of the agitators accusing him of turning Assam into Kashmir.

The Ranji Trophy matches for the 285 th season in Assam and Tripura have been suspended after the passage of Citizenship Bill. In lieu of unrest in Assam, services of passenger trains in the North East frontier railways have been suspended. Additionally, an Indian Super League football between Northeast United FC and Chennaiyin FC to be held in Guwahati has been postponed amid violent protests.

As tens of thousands of protesters against the CAB descended on the streets of Assam clashing with police on Wednesday, Prime Minister Narendra Modi took to Twitter to “assure” the people of the state that they have nothing to worry about.

“I want to assure them – no one can take away your rights, unique identity and beautiful culture. It will continue to flourish and grow.”

As the mercurial debate on the Citizenship Amendment Bill culminated in the passing of the controversial legislation in the Rajya Sabha on Wednesday, the Indian Union Muslim League (IUML) MPs will file a writ petition against the Bill in the Supreme Court today , reportedNews

According toCNN-News 29 legal editor Utkarsh Anand, the line of argument in their petition would be the breaching of Article (*******************************************************************************, equality before the law and the right against discrimination.

Smouldering with protests as the Rajya Sabha passed the contentious Citizenship Amendment Bill on Wednesday, curfew has been imposed in Assam’s Guwahati and Dibrugarh for an indefinite period.

The curfew in Guwahati, which was imposed at 6. pm, has been extended till an indefinite period, Assam Police additional director-general (Law and Order) Mukesh Agrawal toldPTI

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“We will periodically review the situation and take the decision to lift it accordingly,” he added.

Protesters burn tires and banners protesting against Citizenship Amendment Bill in Guwahati on Wednesday. Ashish Malakar / News Assam North East

 Citizenship Amendment Bill protests LIVE Updates: Protesters pelt stones at residences of BJP MLAs, MPs in Assam; Guwahati schools to remain shut till 22 Dec

Earlier, Assam Police director-general Bhaskar Jyoti Mahanta said the curfew will be in place till 7 am on Thursday.

“In Dibrugarh, curfew was imposed on Wednesday night and will be in force until further orders,” Deputy Commissioner Pallav Gopal Jha said.

The army was deployed in four districts to quell the protests.

Army PRO Lieutenant-Colonel P Khongsai said two Army columns have been deployed in Guwahati city and are carrying out flag marches. “The Army has also been deployed in Tinsukia and Dibrugarh districts,” officials sad.

On Wednesday night, the army was called in at Jorhat and its personnel were staging flag march, Deputy Commissioner Roshni Korati told(PTI) ******************.

The Assam government suspended mobile internet and data services of all service providers for hours starting 7 pm Wednesday in Lakhimpur, Dhemaji, Tinsukia, Dibrugarh, Charaideo, Sivasagar, Jorhat, Golaghat, Kamrup (Metro) and Kamrup districts, according to a notification issued by the government.

Tens of thousands of protesters against the CAB descended on the streets of Assam, clashing with police and plunging the state into chaos of a magnitude unseen since the violent six-year movement by students that ended with the signing of the Assam accord .

Though no party or student body has called a shutdown, protesters, a majority of them students, fought pitched battles with security forces in the restive state, including in front of the secretariat, the seat of the BJP government.

Police fired tear gas shells and baton-charged protesters, who fought back.

The Citizenship Amendment Bill,, which has already been approved by Lok Sabha and Rajya Sabha, proposes to give citizenship to Hindus, Christians, Parsis, Jains, Buddhists and Sikhs facing religion persecution in Pakistan, Bangladesh and Afghanistan.

With inputs from PTI

                                                                                                            

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