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Citizenship Amendment Bill HIGHLIGHTS: Curfew extended in Guwahati till indefinite period

Citizenship Amendment Bill LIVE Updates: The Citizenship Amendment Bill has been passed in Rajya Sabha.

By: Express Web Desk | New Delhi | Updated: December 12, 2019 10:40:39 am
Citizenship Amendment Bill LIVE Updates: Mobile internet services to be suspended in Assam's 10 districts Citizenship Amendment Bill LIVE Updates:  A protester shouts slogans near fire set on a road during a protest against the Citizenship Amendment Bill (CAB) in Gauhati. (AP Photo)

Citizenship Amendment Bill LIVE Updates: Protests against the Citizenship (Amendment) Bill intensified Wednesday in the northeastern states with the administration imposing a curfew in Guwahati till indefinite period. The administration also suspended mobile internet services in Assam’s ten districts as a precautionary measure — Lakhimpur, Dhemaji, Tinsukia, Dibrugarh, Charaideo, Sivasagar, Jorhat, Golaghat, Kamrup (Metro) and Kamrup. The services shall remain suspended from 7 pm Wednesday to 7 pm Thursday.

The Indian Army stated that the civil administration has requested its assistance in maintaining law and order situation in Assam and Tripura. “Three Army columns requisitioned by civil administration so far in Tripura and Assam. Two (Tripura) are deployed and third (Assam) is standby,” the Army statement said.

Also, PTI reported that the 5,000 paramilitary personnel have been airlifted to Northeastern states, including Assam, for the maintenance of law and order in wake protests over the Citizenship (Amendment) Bill, which is being debated in Parliament. Nearly 20 companies (2,000 personnel) have been withdrawn from Kashmir, where they had been sent prior to the Centre’s decision on August 5 to dilute Article 370.

The controversial Bill, which was passed by Lok Sabha with a 311-80 margin at 12.02 am Tuesday, was tabled in Rajya Sabha on Wednesday. In Assam, students proceeded towards the state secretariat in large numbers, broke barricades and clashed with the police. The police resorted to lathicharge and fired tear gas shells and rubber bullets at the demonstrators.

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    01:52 (IST)12 Dec 2019
    Assam: Curfew imposed in Dibrugarh district

    A curfew has been imposed in Dibrugarh district of Assam till further orders, ANI reported. Protesters vandalised Chabua and Panitola railway stations and set fire to properties there. Dibrugarh and Tinsukia railway stations have been put on high alert.

    00:48 (IST)12 Dec 2019
    Watch: Protests erupt in Guwahati over passage of CAB bill

    20:55 (IST)11 Dec 2019
    Rajya Sabha passes Citizenship (Amendment) Bill after heated debate

    After a day-long debate, the Citizenship (Amendment) Bill, 2019 was passed in the Rajya Sabha on Wednesday.

    20:43 (IST)11 Dec 2019
    Army to be deployed in Guwahati by night

    The Army will be deployed in Guwahati by Wednesday night, its public relations officer Lt Col P Khongsai told PTI. "Two columns of the Army are being moved to Guwahati right now and will reach the city soon," he said. They will be deployed on reaching the city and will carry out flag marches, he said.

    19:53 (IST)11 Dec 2019
    Curfew in Guwahati extended till indefinite period

    Amid violent protests against Citizenship (Amendment) Bill: Assam Police ADG (Law and Order) Mukesh Agrawal. (PTI)

    19:26 (IST)11 Dec 2019
    Explained: Unlike most of Northeast, how Assam largely remains under CAB regime

    In the protests in the Northeast against the Citizenship Amendment Bill (CAB), 2019, the outrage has been most intense, sustained and widespread in Assam. Large parts of the other Northeastern states have been exempted from the ambit of the CAB, although there have been protests there too. On the other hand, the larger part of Assam is under CAB. READ MORE

    19:10 (IST)11 Dec 2019
    Protesters take out torchlight procession in Guwahati

    Protesters take out a torchlight procession while protesting against Citizenship Amendment Bill (CAB) in Guwahati. (Photo: AP) 

    18:24 (IST)11 Dec 2019
    Curfew imposed in Guwahati till 7 am on Thursday: Assam DGP

    Quoting  Assam DGP, PTI reported that curfew has been imposed in Guwahati till 7 am Thursday. 

    18:23 (IST)11 Dec 2019
    Social media platforms likely to be used for rumour mongering: Administration

    Internet will be suspended as "social media platforms like Facebook, Whatsapp, Twitter and You Tube etc are likely to be used for spreading of rumours and also for transmission of information like pictures, videos and texts that have the potential to inflame passions and does exacerbate the law and order situation", the notification said. It further stated that there have been protests in different parts of the state and there are probabilities of intensifying such protests which may adversely affect the law and order situation.

    18:15 (IST)11 Dec 2019
    Congress confused between CAB and NRC, misleading the House, says Subramanian Swamy

    BJP's Subramanian Swamy: "Congress seems confused between CAB and NRC and have misled the House in some way."

    "If you look at the percentage of Hindus and Sikhs and other non-Muslim religion in 1952 in Pakistan, we see a large decline in their population. Same thing is in Bangladesh. We see news about their persecution on a daily basis."

    17:46 (IST)11 Dec 2019
    Mobile internet to be suspended in Assam's ten districts

    The civil administration has notified about the suspension of mobile internet services in the ten districts of Assam, namely —Lakhimpur, Dhemaji,  Tinsukia, Dibrugarh, Charaideo, Sivasagar, Jorhat, Golaghat, Kamrup (Metro), Kamrup. The services shall remain suspended from 7 pm Wednesday to 7 pm Thursday.

    17:24 (IST)11 Dec 2019
    Citizenship Bill ‘insidious’, will be struck down in court: Chidambaram

    Calling the Citizenship (Amendment) Bill ‘insidious’, veteran Congress leader P Chidambaram Wednesday told the Rajya Sabha that the central government was ramming through the contentious Bill to “advance its Hindutva agenda”. “We have a Citizenship Act in this country. It recognises citizenship by birth, descent, registration, naturalisation and by incorporation of territory. Now, this government is introducing a new category called Citizenship by arbitrary executive fiat,” Chidambaram told the Upper House. 

    16:53 (IST)11 Dec 2019
    Examinations postponed in Gauhati University, Dibrugarh University

    In the wake of protests against the controversial Bill, all exams scheduled till  December 16 in Gauhati University and Dibrugarh University have been postponed. 

    16:39 (IST)11 Dec 2019
    People from Northeast protest at Jantar Mantar in New Delhi

    A group of people from northeastern states gathered at the Jantar Mantar here on Wednesday to protest against the Citizenship (Amendment) Bill. The protesters slammed the government on the bill and raised slogans like: "We oppose CAB" and "We need Justice". (PTI) 

    16:29 (IST)11 Dec 2019
    Protesters torch public property in Guwahati
    16:13 (IST)11 Dec 2019
    Police, Tripura State Rifles, Assam Rifles deployed in Tripura

    Tripura Police, Tripura State Rifles and Assam Rifles have been deployed on the ground to tackle security risks at Sadhupara in West Tripura, where different groups of anti-CAB activists are agitating for last three days. 

    (Express photo by Debraj Deb) 

    16:07 (IST)11 Dec 2019
    5,000 paramilitary personnel being sent to NE in wake of protests over citizenship bill

    The Centre on Wednesday airlifted 5,000 paramilitary personnel to Northeastern states, including Assam, for maintenance of law and order duties in wake protests over the Citizenship (Amendment) Bill, which is being debated in Parliament, officials said. 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 abrogate Article 370 provisions and split the erstwhile state of Jammu and Kashmir into two union territories. The remaining 30 companies have been withdrawn from other places and rushed to Northeastern states, the officials said. The troops are from the Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF), the Border Security Force (BSF) and the Sashastra Seema Bal (SSB). (PTI)

    15:38 (IST)11 Dec 2019
    Two Army columns deployed in Tripura, one on stand by in Assam

    The Indian Army stated Wednesday that the civil administration has requested its assistance in maintaining law and order situation in Assam and Tripura. "Three Army columns requisitioned by civil administration so far in Tripura and Assam. Two (Tripura) are deployed and third (Assam) is standby," the Army statement said. 

    15:20 (IST)11 Dec 2019
    Answer queries on CAB before expecting support; no one can pressure us: Shiv Sena

    Shiv Sena MP Sanjay Raut on Wednesday said the dynamics in the Rajya Sabha were different from that of the Lok Sabha and asserted that the government will have to answer their queries on the Citizenship (Amendment) Bill, before they can expect support from the Maharashtra-based party.

    14:56 (IST)11 Dec 2019
    Withdraw 'unconstitutional', 'anti-northeast' CAB: Congress

    Congress on Wednesday raised the issue of violent protest in the North East against the Citizenship (Amendment) Bill and demanded that the draft law which is "unconstitutional", "anti-India" and "anti-northeast" should be withdrawn. On Monday, the Bill was passed in the Lok Sabha with 311 members favouring it and 80 voting against it. Raising the issue during the Zero Hour in Lok Sabha, Gaurav Gogoi of Congress said that in Nagaland there was no internet service and claimed that in some places in the northeastern states the people have swords in their hands against the bill. 'Withdraw this bill' which is 'unconstitutional', 'anti India'  and "Anti North East", he said.

    14:49 (IST)11 Dec 2019
    Army carries out flag march as protests continue in Assam's Dibrugarh

    14:31 (IST)11 Dec 2019
    Left trade union stage rally against NRC in Kolkata

    Meanwhile, left trade unions staged a long march against NRC, public sector disinvestment in Kolkata on Wednesday. 

    Left trade unions staged a long march against NRC on Wednesday. (Express Photo by Partha Paul)
    14:24 (IST)11 Dec 2019
    Banners against CAB raised at Kerala film festival

    Banners against the Citizenship (Amendment) Bill were raised at the ongoing International Film Festival of Kerala on Tuesday (IFFK). Read more here

    14:18 (IST)11 Dec 2019
    Protests against Citizenship Bill in Assam

    Fierce demonstrations were held against the Citizenship (Amendment) Bill in Guwahati. Tear gas was used by the security forces on protestors. 

    Meanwhile, the North East Students' Organisation (NESO) called an 11-hour bandh against the Bill on Tuesday, which was marked by deserted roads, closed educational institutions and banks, markets and vehicles set on fire, huge processions raising slogans. Exams at Guwahati University and Dibrugarh University were postponed due to the bandh.The Tripura government suspended SMS and mobile internet connectivity for 48-hours starting 2 pm on Tuesday. Police resorted to lathicharge in Hatigaon, Dispur and Ganeshguri areas in Guwahati where protesters resorted to stone-pelting and burnt tyres and two-wheelers.

    The CAB is a contentious issue in North-East India with influential socio-political groups and political parties holding it as a threat to the interests of the indigenous communities of the region. Earlier this year, several organisations observed a bandh on January 8 when the earlier Citizenship (Amendment) Bill was passed. The revised bill exempts the whole of Arunachal Pradesh, Nagaland, Mizoram and almost the whole of Meghalaya, and parts of Assam and Tripura.

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