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University bans dharna in campus after BJP leader's threat;

Press Trust of India  |  Guwahati 

A day after Pradip threatened Assamese speaking students of to bar their admission in the University, authorities of the institute Saturday banned protests inside the campus without prior permission.

Protests against the Citizenship Amendment Bill, however, continued across Assam, mostly by the students community.

In an order, University Dr Sanjib Bhattacharjee directed that no procession/dharna or any sort of gathering of people within the campus without prior approval of the authorities is strictly prohibited until further order.

The order that comes into force with immediate effect was issued with the approval of the of the university, located at in Bengali dominated Barak valley.

Any unauthorised gathering will be treated as violation of the order and those involved in the violation will be dealt with as per rules, the order said.

"I warn the Assamese (speaking) students of the university that you study only and don't indulge in politics. Think about the future. We then will be forced to bar admission of Assamese students in the university," was heard saying in local channels Friday.

"I am writing to the of the university asking him what step he is taking against the students for opposing the bill", said in Bengali.

The threat came after a section of students of the University on Thursday came out in support of the Citizenship Amendment Bill, while another had taken out a candlelight vigil on Wednesday to protest against it.

Dutta's statement was condemned by various quarters.

(CUSU) in Guwahati even filed a complaint in station here against Dutta for making the communally provocative statement.

Meanwhile, protests against the Bill continued in Guwahati where the Pratibandhi Suraksha Sanstha, an organisation of differently abled people, came out against the Bill at the Dighalipukhuri area here.

Students of and Nalbari Commerce College boycotted their classes and burnt the effigy of Prime Minister and

Students of and intellectuals of Nagaon town also came out in protest against Bill and the sedition case filed against litterateur Dr Hiren Gohain, Krishak Mukti Sangram Samiti (KMSS) chief and

In Majuli, Sonowal's assembly constituency, students of boycotted classes and burnt tyres to protest against the passage of the Bill in Lok Sabha on Tuesday.

The Bill 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.

The (NESO), a conglomerate of students' bodies of the region, also observed 'Black Day' in the states on Saturday to protest firing in during the bandh against the Bill on Tuesday.

Meanwhile, students of the North East studying in IIT Bombay also took out a rally in the campus demanding repeal of the bill, reports reaching here said.

(This story has not been edited by Business Standard staff and is auto-generated from a syndicated feed.)

First Published: Sat, January 12 2019. 17:55 IST
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