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Protest against Citizenship Bill intensifies in Assam

Press Trust of India  |  Guwahati 

Protests against the Citizenship (Amendment) Bill intensified in different parts of Wednesday with agitators burning effigies of and and gheraoing the state secretariat here.

Protestors burnt effigies of the and chief minister at Digboi, Goalpara, Lakhimpur and Barpeta against the passing of the Citizenship (Amendment) Bill in

Krishak Mukti Sangram Samiti (KMSS) chief announced that Modi and central ministers would not be allowed to enter the state, while the and BJP MLAs and MPs will not be allowed to hold any meeting or rally in the state.

The agitators belonging to 70 organisations, led by KMSS and Asom Jatiyatabadi Yuba Chatra Parishad (AJYCP), gathered at the secretariat to protest against the passing of the Bill in the of Parliament.

The police attempted to prevent the protestors from crossing the barricades to enter the secretariat resulting in a scuffle. As the protestors refused to budge, the police resorted to lathicharge and fired to disperse them.

Several protestors were also taken into custody to prevent law and order situation, police said.

The Students' Federation of (SFI) took out a 'Shamshan Yatra' (funeral procession) of the prime minister, and seven BJP MPs in

Artists, litterateurs, musicians, actors, journalists and prominent cultural personalities took out a torchlight procession in Guwahati Wednesday evening to protest against the Bill.

The 70 organisations also protested in Digboi where attended the Gorkha Mahatsov by blocking the highway and waving black flags to protest against the Bill and the CM's visit.

In Nagaon, All Students' Union (AASU) activists waved black flags at

In Golaghat's Numaligarh area, a semi-nude protest by the Asom Aikya Manch was held.

Students of and along with more than 15 colleges across Assam have decided to boycott classes indefinitely in protest against the Bill.

The Post Graduate Students' Union has indefinitely banned entry of any of member of the ruling BJP into the campus.

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

In New Delhi, students from Assam studying there protested at and were joined by students from other states too.

All called the Bill "unconstitutional" and warned that they would go to the if the same was enacted.

An 11-hour bandh, called by AASU and the (NESO) and supported by over hundred organisations, against the Bill had brought life to standstill in Assam yesterday.

The Bill passed in the on Tuesday seeks to amend the Citizenship Act, 1955 to grant Indian citizenship to Hindus, Sikhs, Buddhists, Jains, Parsis and Christians, who fled religious persecution in Bangladesh, and and entered before December 31, 2014.

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First Published: Wed, January 09 2019. 21:00 IST