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More colleges, varsity join anti-citizenship bill movement

Press Trust of India  |  Guwahati 

Students of the Gauhati University and several colleges Thursday joined other higher educational institutes across to protest the controversial Citizenship Amendment Bill, with one student body threatening to take steps like self immolation if the Bill is not withdrawn.

Students of Cotton and Dibrugarh Universities and over 15 colleges decided on Wednesday to boycott their classes indefinitely to protest against the passage of the citizenship bill in the Lok Sabha.

Police detained hundreds of students of various colleges and universities who gathered at Dighalipukhuri area here to demonstrate.

Several students' unions held a joint press conference at the Cotton University, where the leaders vowed to take the struggle to schools and colleges in interior

A 12-hour strike was observed at by the students, teachers and employees.

Burning effigies of and Sarbananda Sonowal, students at Hawraghat College decided to boycott classes indefinitely and said extreme steps like self immolation will be carried out if the Bill is not withdrawn.

The Citizenship (Amendment) Bill which was passed by Lok Sabha Tuesday seeks to grant Indian citizenship to non-Muslims from Bangladesh, and

Students' unions at Rangia College, Chandranath Science College, Sarupathar College, and others joined the protests and boycotted their classes.

The has imposed a ban on entry of any of member of the ruling BJP into the campus.

Students' bodies at Tezpur University, Jorhat Medical College, Pub College, JB College, and others held protests in their campuses, although no class boycott decision has been taken.

Students unions at Pub Kamrup College, Margherita College, Dibru College, Lahowal College, Tengakhat College, Gorgaon College, CKB College, Jorhat College, Dhakuakhana College, Chabua College, Madhabdeb College, Bokakhat College, Moran College, and announced boycotting their classes.

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First Published: Thu, January 10 2019. 21:15 IST