Citizenship Amendment Bill 2019 (CAB) Protests LIVE News: People defy curfew in Guwahati, Army conducts flag march

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Updated:Dec 13, 2019 1:00:37 am

CAB Protest Assam Live Updates: The administration in Assam has imposed curfew in Guwahati and suspended mobile internet services in view of massive protest against the Citizenship (Amendment) Bill.

Assam Bandh Today, Northeast Bandh Today LiveGuwahati: Protestors burn hoarding and wood during a protest strike against the Citizenship Amendment Bill (CAB) near Janata Bhawan in Guwahati. (PTI Photo)

CAB Protest in Assam, Tripura LIVE Updates: Protests against the Citizenship (Amendment) Bill intensified in the northeastern states after the legislation was cleared by the Rajya Sabha on Wednesday night. The administration in Assam has extended curfew in Guwahati and suspended mobile internet services in ten districts — Lakhimpur, Dhemaji, Tinsukia, Dibrugarh, Charaideo, Sivasagar, Jorhat, Golaghat, Kamrup (Metro) and Kamrup. Also, Army was called in at four places and Assam Rifles personnel were deployed in Tripura. The two states are worst hit by the protest against the passage of the new bill which seeks to amend Citizenship Act, 1955, to grant Indian citizenship to non-Muslims coming from Pakistan, Afghanistan and Bangladesh. In Assam and Tripura, rail and road traffic across have been affected adversely due to continuous protest.  Markets wore a deserted look while schools, colleges and other institutions are also shut. In Dibrugarh, protesting people blocked roads, state and national highways and burned tyres. They also prevented autos, and other commercial vehicles from plying on roads. According to news agency PTI, 5,000 paramilitary personnel have been airlifted to Northeastern states for the maintenance of law and order in wake protests. Nearly 20 companies (2,000 personnel) have been withdrawn from Kashmir, where they had been sent prior to the Centre’s decision on August 5 to dilute Article 370.

 

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    01:00 (IST)13 Dec 2019
    Citizenship (Amendment) Bill gets President Ram Nath Kovind's assent

    President Ram Nath Kovind gave his assent to the Citizenship (Amendment) Bill, 2019, turning it into an Act, on Thursday. According to an official notification, the Act comes into effect with its publication in the official gazette on Thursday, PTI reported.

    According to the Act, members of Hindu, Sikh, Buddhist, Jain, Parsi and Christian communities who have come from Pakistan, Bangladesh and Afghanistan till December 31, 2014, and facing religious persecution there will not be treated as illegal immigrants but given Indian citizenship.

    11:58 (IST)12 Dec 2019
    Assam anti-CAB protests: Flights cancelled

    Flights to and fro from Guwahati and Dibrugarh have been cancelled in the wake of ongoing protests against the Citizenship (Amendment) Bill 2019. Airlines have said that passengers travelling to these two cities in Assam would get a waiver on cancellation or rescheduling of their tickets. IndiGo has cancelled all its flights on Thursday for Dibrugarh.

    11:48 (IST)12 Dec 2019
    People should not fall prey to propaganda: Ram Madhav

    BJP General Secretary Ram Madhav has appealed people of Assam and northeastern states to not fall prey to the propaganda over Citizenship (Amendment) Bill 2019. "Law and order situation in Assam will be effectively monitored and controlled by the state govt. I appeal to the people of Assam that they should not fall prey to the propaganda that is being done by some vested interests," news agency ANI quoted Ram Madhav, as saying.

    11:44 (IST)12 Dec 2019
    Congress MPs give adjournment motion notice in Lok Sabha over anti-CAB protests in northeast

    Congress MPs Manicka Tagore and Abdul Khaleque have given Adjournment Motion Notice in Lok Sabha, over 'highly volatile situation in northeast India' after Citizenship Amendment Bill 2019 as passed by Rajya Sabha.

    11:03 (IST)12 Dec 2019
    IUML files petition against CAB in Supreme Court

    Indian Union Muslim League (IUML) has filed a writ petition against Citizenship Amendment Bill 2019 in Supreme Court. Congress leader and advocate Kapil Sibal to represent IUML in Supreme Court.

    10:58 (IST)12 Dec 2019
    Violent protests in Assam

    The protesters, including a large number of students, forcibly shut down shops and markets, and damaged a fire brigade vehicle till they were stopped by BSF, Rapid Action Force and police personnel about 500 metre from the state Secretariat. The law keepers retaliated by resorting to lathi charge, using water canons, firing rubber bullets and lobbing tear gas shells.

    10:52 (IST)12 Dec 2019
    Ranji Trophy matches suspended

    Ranji Trophy matches in Assam and Tripura have been suspended in the wake of protests against the  Citizenship (Amendment) Bill 2019. The legislation was passed in the Rajya Sabha on Wednesday night.

    10:45 (IST)12 Dec 2019
    Protesters tried to march towards Assam Secretariat, threw bricks at police

    The protests had started days back. It intensified on Wednesday after Union Home Minister Amit Shah tabled the legislation in the Rajya Sabha. Protesters tried to march towards the state Secretariat in Guwahati and threw bricks at the police and burnt tyres on the roads, creating a volatile situation. Secretariat employees also expressed solidarity with the protesters.

    10:38 (IST)12 Dec 2019
    Want to assure brothers, sisters of Assam they have nothing to worry after CAB: PM Modi

    Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Thursday assured people of Assam that they had nothing to worry after the passage of the Citizenship (Amendment) Bill. He said that the identity of the people of Assam will be preserved and will continue to grow. "The Central Government and I are totally committed to constitutionally safeguard the political, linguistic, cultural and land rights of the Assamese people as per the spirit of Clause 6," PM Modi said in his tweet. | READ MORE HERE

    10:01 (IST)12 Dec 2019
    Assam CAB protest Live: People defy curfew in Guwahati, Army conducts flag march

    The people defied curfew in Guwahati on Thursday morning to protest against the Citizenship (Amendment) Bill as the situation remained tense throughout Assam, with the Army conducting flag march in the city.

    09:52 (IST)12 Dec 2019
    Assam CAB protest: Protesters target CM Sarbananda Sonowal's house

    Guwahati is the epicentre of anti-CAB protests. It was placed under indefinite curfew last evening. Curfew was also imposed in Dibrugarh for an indefinite period as protesters targeted the houses of Assam Chief Minister Sarbananda Sonowal and Union minister Rameswar Teli in the district. Stones were thrown at the house of the chief minister in the Lakhinagar area. Protesters also damaged properties at the house of the Union minister in Duliajan.

    09:24 (IST)12 Dec 2019
    Mobile internet services suspended in 10 districts of Assam

    Mobile internet services were suspended in 10 troubled Assam districts -- Lakhimpur, Dhemaji, Tinsukia, Dibrugarh, Charaideo, Sivasagar, Jorhat, Golaghat, Kamrup (Metro) and Kamrup districts to spread rumours and misinformation.

    09:18 (IST)12 Dec 2019
    Army flag march in Dibrugarh

    The army undertook a flag march in Dibrugarh on Wednesday. While the CAB was passed by the Lok Sabha at the stroke of midnight on Monday, the Rajya Sabha cleared the legislation on Wednesday night.

    09:09 (IST)12 Dec 2019
    CAB 2019 protest: Curfew imposed in Guwahati

    Assam was rocked by violence against the passage of Citizenship (Amendment) Bill (CAB). Protesters in Assam and Tripura hit the streets in thousands, burning tyres and wooden logs. The administration imposed curfew in Guwahati and suspend mobile internet services in 10 districts of the state.

    20:22 (IST)11 Dec 2019
    Army to be deployed in Guwahati

    The Army will be deployed in Guwahati city by Wednesday night, news agency PTI reported the defence spokesperson as saying. Guwahati is the epicentre of the anti-CAB protests in Assam, which are on despite the indefinite curfew clamped in the city. 

    18:32 (IST)11 Dec 2019
    Curfew imposed in Guwahati

    Curfew has been imposed in Guwahati, Assam since 6:15 pm today. It will remain imposed until normalcy is restored here, says Guwahati Police Commissioner Deepak Kumar.

    18:02 (IST)11 Dec 2019
    Assam CAB protests: Rail traffic hit, several trains cancelled

    At leats 12 trains have been cancelled and 10  others have been partially cancelled, on December 12 and 13  due to indefinite 'Rail Roko' by various organisations and associations, in Tinsukia division and Lumding division in Assam. Anti-Citizenship Bill protests in Assam entered the second day on Wednesday.

    17:52 (IST)11 Dec 2019
    Mobile Internet services suspended in several districts in Assam

    Mobile Internet has been suspended for 24 hours in Lakhimpur, Tinsukia, Dhemaji, Dibrugarh, Charaideo, Sivasagar, Jorhat, Golaghat, Kamrup (Metro) and Kamrup districts of Assam in the wake of protests against Citizenship Amendment Bill 

    17:36 (IST)11 Dec 2019
    5,000 paramilitary personnel sent to Northeastern states

    The Centre has airlifted 5,000 paramilitary personnel to Northeastern states, including Assam where protests over Citizenship Amendment Bill have intensified. 

    15:40 (IST)11 Dec 2019
    Army deployed in Tripura as situation remains tense

    Army has been deployed in Kanchanpur and Manu areas of Tripura after as situation remains tense in the wake of protests against the controversial Citizenship (Amendment) Bill.  The situation is being closely monitored by district authorities and the Army. 

    14:21 (IST)11 Dec 2019
    Protests intensify in Dibrugarh, Army put on standby

    Army has been put in stand by as protests over the Citizenship Amendment Bill have intensified in Dibrugarh, Assam.

    17:02 (IST)10 Dec 2019
    Assam CM welcomes passage of Citizenship (Amendment) Bill

    Amid widespread protest over the Citizenship (Amendment) Bill in Assam, state Chief Minister Sarbananda Sonowal on Tuesday welcomed the passage of the Citizenship (Amendment) Bill, 2019, in Lok Sabha describing it as a "historic moment".

    15:56 (IST)10 Dec 2019
    Northeast Bandh Today LIVE: Latest visuals from Assam

    Protest continues on the streets of Guwahati and Dibrugarh against the Citizenship Amendment Bill.  

    15:42 (IST)10 Dec 2019
    Bandh in Assam Today: Agitators clash with security forces

    Some of the protestors engaged in a scuffle with security forces near the Secretariat and Assembly buildings in Guwahati, PTI reports. The incident happened when the agitators tried to move forward but were prevented by the security forces. Several students' unions have called for a protest against the Citizenship (Amendment) Bill. According to the news agency, the bandh led by the All Assam Students' Union and the North East Students' Organisation coincided with the strike called by Left-leaning organizations, including SFI, DYFI, AIDWA, AISF and AISA.

    15:42 (IST)10 Dec 2019
    Bandh in Assam Today: Agitators clash with security forces

    Some of the protestors engaged in a scuffle with security forces near the Secretariat and Assembly buildings in Guwahati, PTI reports. The incident happened when the agitators tried to move forward but were prevented by the security forces. Several students' unions have called for a protest against the Citizenship (Amendment) Bill. According to the news agency, the bandh led by the All Assam Students' Union and the North East Students' Organisation coincided with the strike called by Left-leaning organizations, including SFI, DYFI, AIDWA, AISF and AISA.

    14:08 (IST)10 Dec 2019
    Assam Bandh Today LIVE: Students' union in Manipur observes 15-hour bandh

    The All Manipur Students' Union AMSU calls for a total shutdown in the state to protest against the Citizenship (Amendment) Bill. The union says that it would intensify its agitation if the bill was not immediately withdrawn. The reports suggest that normal life affected in parts of the state as shops and business establishments are shut, and educational and financial institutions are also closed for the day.

    13:23 (IST)10 Dec 2019
    Assamese actors Barsha Rani Bishaya, Utpal Das join anti-CAB protest

    Various organisations continue to protest in Guwahati against Citizenship Amendment Bill. Assamese actors Barsha Rani Bishaya and Utpal Das also present.

    12:26 (IST)10 Dec 2019
    Bandh in Assam Today: Cut-off date under CAB is Dec 31, 2014

    The Citizenship Amendment Bill is facing stiff resistance in Assm as people feel it will nullify the provisions of the Assam accord of 1985, which fixed March 24, 1971, as the cut-off date for deportation of illegal immigrants irrespective of religion. The cut-off date for citizenship under CAB is December 31, 2014.

    12:17 (IST)10 Dec 2019
    Tight security in Assam in view of bandh

    Meanwhile, security has been tightened in Assam particularly in sensitive government installations across the state.

    11:40 (IST)10 Dec 2019
    Assam Bandh Today Live: Gaurav Gogoi speaks on Citizenship (Amendment) Bill

    Congress MP from Kaliabor seat in Assam, Gaurav Gogoi said the Citizenship (Amendment) Bill is violation of many articles of the Constitution and the basic spirit of the Preamble which talks of equality, liberty and fraternity. He alleged that the legislation has been brought in to distract people from the failures of the BJP-led government on NRC and the economic front.

    11:27 (IST)10 Dec 2019
    All Moran Students' Union for 48-hour Assam bandh

    The All Moran Students' Union (AMSU) is observing 48-hour bandh in Assam. The shutdown began on Monday. The bandh on Monday affected normal life in several districts.

    11:16 (IST)10 Dec 2019
    Northeast Bandh on 10 Dec 2019 Live: Citizenship (Amendment) Bill

    This is the second region-wise bandh in this issue this year. Several organisations observed a bandh on January 8 when the earlier Citizenship (Amendment) Bill was passed. However, the Bill lapsed as it was not introduced in Rajya Sabha. A new version was tabled on Lok Sabha on Monday.

    11:02 (IST)10 Dec 2019
    Citizenship Amendment Bill Protest Assam: Tourists stranded in Kaziranga National Park

    Foreign and domestic tourists in Kaziranga National Park were stranded due to the bandh. There was no public transport available to take them to Guwahati where they could board flights and trains to home.

    11:00 (IST)10 Dec 2019
    Northeast Bandh Today Live

    Most markets and financial institutions are closed in Assam and other states. Protests against CAB are being held in Tripura capital Agartala and parts of West Bengal as well.

    10:59 (IST)10 Dec 2019
    Citizenship (Amendment) Bill not applicable to Arunachal Pradesh, Nagaland and Mizoram

    The Citizenship (Amendment) Bill will not be applicable to Arunachal Pradesh, Nagaland and Mizoram where the ILP system exists and those tribal regions of Assam, Meghalaya and Tripura which are governed under the Sixth Schedule of the Constitution.

    10:44 (IST)10 Dec 2019
    Left Parties protest against Citizenship Amendment Bill 2019

    Left Parties' MPs protest against the Citizenship Amendment Bill, 2019 near the Gandhi statue in Parliament.

    10:35 (IST)10 Dec 2019
    CAB to open floodgates for illegal Bangladeshis

    Samuel Jyrwa, chairman of the NESO, said that imposition of the CAB will open the floodgates for illegal Bangladeshis. The government is dishonouring of the demands of the people of the Northeast.

    10:27 (IST)10 Dec 2019
    Congress, AIUDF and other backs bandh

    Parties and organisations such as the Congress, AIUDF, All Assam Students Union, Krishak Mukti Sangram Samiti, All Arunachal Pradesh Students' Union, Khasi Students Union and the Naga Students Federation are backing the NESO, an umbrella organisation of students in the restive region, to observe the bandh. A total of 16 left-leaning organisations such as the SFI, DYFI, AIDWA, AISF, AISA and the IPTA has also called a 12-hour bandh in Assam, coinciding with the NESO-organised shutdown.

    09:45 (IST)10 Dec 2019
    Assam bandh today: Protest in Dibrugarh

    Locals stage a protest in Dibrugarh against Citizenship Amendment Bill. The Bill was passed in Lok Sabha yesterday.

    09:40 (IST)10 Dec 2019
    Northeast bandh: Gauhati University, Dibrugarh University postponed all examinations

    Gauhati University and Dibrugarh University in the state have postponed all examinations scheduled for Tuesday.

    The contentious Citizenship (Amendment) Bill was passed by the Rajya Sabha on Wednesday night. The Lok Sabha had cleared the bill on Monday late night. The bill seeks to provide Indian citizenship to non-Muslim refugees coming from Pakistan, Bangladesh and Afghanistan after facing religious persecution there.
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