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Protests against Citizenship Bill rock Assam

Press Trust of India  |  Guwahati 

Widespread protests against the Citizenship Bill continued in Wednesday with agitators blocking roads and marching with their clothes off in several parts of the state.

The Citizenship (Amendment) Bill, 2016 that seeks to provide citizenship to non-Muslims from Bangaldesh, and was passed by the Lok Sabha Tuesday.

Agitators across the Northeast, including Assam, have been blocking roads and rail tracks, seeking revocation of the Bill.

In Guwahati, members of 70 organisations, led by Akhil Gogoi's Krishak Mukti Sangram Samiti and Asom Jatiyatabadi Yuba Chatra Parishad, protested outside central government offices and also tried way through the barricades to the state secretariat, leading to a scuffle with police.

"Police had to resort to mild lathicharge and fire rubber bullets to disperse the protesters who refused to move back despite warnings. Some of them were also taken into custody to prevent deterioration in law and order situation," a said.

In Golaghat's Numaligarh area, members of took to the streets with their clothes off to protest against the Bill.

At Digboi, the agitators tried to block a highway to stop from attending Gorkha Mahatsov. They were, however, dispersed by the police.

activists in Nagaon waved black flags to

Protests by students were also reported from Cotton State University and

An 11-hour shutdown was called by and NESO, and supported by over hundred organisations Tuesday, bringing life to a standstill in

The agitators have said they would not allow locally produced oil, petroleum products, coal, and limestone to be taken out of the state.

(AGP), which withdrew support to the BJP-led government in Monday, also extended its support to the bandh.

resigned from the party, saying the Bill would harm the Assamese society and nullify the Assam Accord.

Former Assam and AGP Prafulla Kumar Mahanta demanded that the BJP government in the state resign and face a fresh election.

Himanta Biswa Sarma, however, said the AGP had committed a "historic blunder" by not extending support to the Bill.

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First Published: Wed, January 09 2019. 15:15 IST