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Citizenship Amendment Bill protests HIGHLIGHTS: President gives assent to CAB; internet services suspended in Guwahati

Citizenship Amendment Bill 2019 (CAB) Protest in Assam, Tripura, Guwahati, Northeast Today Live News Updates: Two protesters succumbed to bullet injuries at the Gauhati Medical College and Hospital. Officials confirmed both of them were shot at, in two separate parts of the city.

By: Express Web Desk | New Delhi | Updated: December 13, 2019 9:11:43 am
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Citizenship Amendment Bill (CAB) Protest Today Live News Updates: President Ram Nath Kovind Thursday gave assent to the Citizenship Amendment Bill which has now become a law, a day after the bill was passed in Rajya Sabha. The Act seeks to provide Indian citizenship to Hindus, Sikhs, Buddhists, Jains, Parsis, and Christians — it leaves out Muslims — who entered the country from Afghanistan, Bangladesh, and Pakistan by December 31, 2014. While most Northeastern states are exempt from the law due to the Inner Line Permit System and/or the sixth Schedule of the Constitution, Assam, and parts of Tripura, are protected by neither.

In Guwahati, where an indefinite curfew was imposed, the administration has snapped broadband internet services as anti-Citizenship Amendment Bill protests in Assam intensified. Two protesters succumbed to bullet injuries at the Gauhati Medical College and Hospital. Officials confirmed both of them were shot at, in two separate parts of the city.

Meanwhile, an indefinite curfew was imposed in Meghalaya’s Shillong on Thursday, with immediate effect. The areas where the curfew is imposed include Jaiaw, Mawkhar, Umsohsun, Riatsamthiah, Wahingdoh, Mission, Mawprem, Lumdiengjri, Lamavilla, Qualapatty, Wahthapbru, Sunny Hill, Cantonment, Boucher Road, Mawlong Hat, Police Bazar, Jail Road, Keating Road, and Polo. On the other hand, mobile internet and messaging services were also withdrawn in Meghalaya for 48 hours.

While mobile internet services remain suspended in 10 districts of Assam, Guwahati, the epicentre of the protests, is under indefinite curfew. Army has been deployed in Assam and Tripura, and railway and air traffic are severely hit. On Thursday, Assam BJP MLA Binod Hazarika’s house was set ablaze by protesters in Chabua, PTI reported. The protesters also burned down a circle office, according to PTI, even as Chief Minister Sarbananda Sonowal appealed for peace and urged people to “not get misled” on the Bill. In Guwahati’s Lalung Gaon, police opened fire at protesters, injuring at least four people.

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Citizenship Amendment Bill LIVE Updates:  Army has been deployed in Assam, mobile internet services were snapped in 10 other districts including Tinsukia, Dibrugarh, Jorhat, Golaghat and Kamrup. Get all the latest updates here  

00:04 (IST)13 Dec 2019
CAB gets President Ram Nath Kovind's assent

President Ram Nath Kovind gives assent to the controversial Citizenship Amendment Bill, PTI reported. 

22:24 (IST)12 Dec 2019
Assam film body chief quits BJP over citizenship bill

Assamese superstar Jatin Bora, who is also chairman of the state's film finance development corporation, resigned from the BJP on Thursday in protest against the Citizenship (Amendment) Bill. Bora announced his decision at an AASU-sponsored meeting at Latasil field here to oppose the Bill in the presence of thousands of protestors which included artistes like Bollywood singer Zubeen Garg. Bora said he has also resigned as chief of the film body. "I don't accept CAB. My identity of Jatin Bora is because of the people of Assam and I am with them on this issue," he said. (PTI)

22:21 (IST)12 Dec 2019
Doubts over citizenship bill not baseless: Assam Speaker

Assam Assembly Speaker Hitendra Nath Goswami on Thursday said doubts expressed over the Citizenship (Amendment) Bill are not baseless, and there is a strong possibility of it creating division if implemented. In a statement, Goswami appealed to the Central government to take necessary steps to redress the anger and grievances of the people of Assam. "After the passage of the bill by the Rajya Sabha yesterday, the Citizenship (Amendment) Bill has become an act. Though I should not comment on the Act as I am discharging Constitutional duties as Speaker, but as a person working for the nation and community through the Assam agitation, I feel that the doubt created by this act is not baseless," he said. "There is a strong possibility of creating division among different castes, communities and languages if this act is implemented," he added. (PTI)

22:18 (IST)12 Dec 2019
Broadband internet services suspended in Guwahati

In Guwahati, where an indefinite curfew was imposed, the administration has snapped broadband internet services as anti-Citizenship Amendment Bill protests in Assam intensify. This effectively means that there is no internet connectivity in Guwahati as mobile internet services were already suspended in the city.

22:01 (IST)12 Dec 2019
If Mamata doesn't implement CAB, the Centre will : Vijayvargiya

BJP National General Secretary Kailash Vijayvargiya on Thursday slammed West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee for her opposition to the Citizenship Amendment Bill and said if the TMC government does not implement it, the Centre will. Stressing that the legislation should not be confused with the NRC exercise in Assam, he said the bill was meant to protect minorities facing of Bangladesh, Pakistan and Afghanistan and the citizens' register to weed out infiltrators. "Mamata Banerjee has been opposing the bill. The TMC should come out clean why they are opposing Hindu refugees from getting citizenship. I dare TMC government not to implement it and deprive the Hindu refugees from getting citizenship." "If TMC does not implement CAB, the Centre will take steps to do it," he said. (PTI)

21:41 (IST)12 Dec 2019
Bangladesh Home Minister cancels India visit

Bangladesh Home Minister Asaduzzaman Khan on Thursday canceled his visit to India in the wake of the Citizenship Bill protests in Assam. Khan was scheduled to arrive in Shillong on Friday on a three-day trip, primarily to attend an event relating to Bangladesh's freedom struggle, but he canceled the visit.

21:21 (IST)12 Dec 2019
Don't have any update: MEA on whether Guwahati will host Modi-Abe summit

As Assam reeled under violent protests over the Citizenship Amendment Bill, there was no clarity on whether the government will go ahead with the India-Japan annual summit in Guwahati from December 15-17 as planned. "We don't have any update to share," External Affairs Ministry Spokesperson Raveesh Kumar said at a weekly media briefing while replying to a volley of questions on the issue. Last week, Kumar announced that the summit between Prime Minister Narendra Modi and his Japanese counterpart Shinzo Abe will take place between December 15 and 17. Though the government has not announced the venue for the summit, preparations were underway to host it in Guwahati. (PTI)

21:02 (IST)12 Dec 2019
Amit Shah meets IPFT, Joint Movement Against CAB delegations

Union Home Minister Amit Shah on Thursday met IPFT and Joint Movement Against CAB (JMACAB) delegations in New Delhi and assured them of solving their issues. JMACAB Convener Anthony Debbarma said that they have called off the strike.

20:40 (IST)12 Dec 2019
Assam handloom minister's house attacked

Assam Handloom Minister Ranjit Dutta's house at Behali in Sonitpur was attacked on Thursday by protestors opposing the CAB, officials said. Crowds of protestors gathered before his house in large numbers and threw stones. However, the damage to the house was minimal as the police reached the spot on time and dispersed them, the officials added. (PTI)

20:35 (IST)12 Dec 2019
RTI activist Akhil Gogoi arrested

RTI activist and peasant leader Akhil Gogoi was arrested on Thursday in Assam's Jorhat district as a preventive measure, officials said. A senior official of the Jorhat administration told PTI that Gogoi was taken into custody to avoid any "untoward incident" in the district, as well as other parts of the state by his supporters. Gogoi, the adviser of the Krishak Mukti Sangram Samiti (KMSS), had earlier in the day staged a sit-in outside the Jorhat Deputy Commissioner's office. "There were around 3,000 people during the day. We did not arrest him then to avoid repercussions. After he left the scene, our teams went to arrest him. It is a preventive arrest," the official quoted above said. Gogoi was trying to evade arrest and the teams had to search for him for a while before taking him into custody from an advocate's residence, the official said. (PTI)

20:30 (IST)12 Dec 2019
Protest at India Gate against Citizenship Amendment Bill

A group of protesters gathered at the India Gate in New Delhi protesting against the "divisive" Citizenship Amendment Bill which passed the Rajya Sabha hurdle on Wednesday. The protesters raised anti-BJP and anti-government slogans and asked the President not to sign the Bill into a law. The police appealed the playcard-carrying protesters to disperse but to no avail. Many protesters live-streamed the protest on Twitter and Facebook, while others turned on the flashlights of their mobile phones, lighting up the protest site. "Now, the decision will be made on the street. This Bill will perish before it is born. The people of India have time and again rejected such Bills. The government wants to bring it through a C-section surgery, but it will perish in the process," one of the protesters, Kapil Sharma, 45, said. (PTI)

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20:19 (IST)12 Dec 2019
Bus terminus set on fire in Assam's Dibrugarh

A bus terminus of the Assam State Transport Corporation (ASTC) in Dibrugarh was set ablaze by protestors on Thursday, officials said. A large number of people reached the ASTC terminus at the Chowkidingi area of the city and vandalised the complex and set it on fire, they said. Army and fire tenders were rushed and they doused the flames without much damage, a senior district official said. Senior officials of the district administration, including an additional deputy commissioner, are at the spot and monitoring the situation. (PTI)

20:17 (IST)12 Dec 2019
Indefinite curfew imposed in Assam's Tezpur, Dhekiajuli

Indefinite curfew imposed in Assam's Tezpur and Dhekiajuli towns; night curfew imposed in Jorhat, Golaghat, Tinsukia, Charaideo districts of Assam: News agency PTI quoting officials

20:12 (IST)12 Dec 2019
Punjab not to implement CAB: CM Amarinder

Punjab will not implement the Citizenship Amendment Bill, says Chief Minister Capt Amarinder Singh, and terms it as a direct assault on India’s secular character.

20:11 (IST)12 Dec 2019
IUML planning protests against CAB: Party chief

Indian Union Muslim League (IUML) planning series of protests against citizenship bill, will ask President to not give assent: Party chief K M Kader Mohideen.

20:01 (IST)12 Dec 2019
Explained: What is the Assam Accord that is fueling the ongoing protests in the state?

The debate on the Citizenship Amendment Bill (CAB) passed by Parliament on Wednesday (December 11) has repeatedly flagged the alleged violation of the Assam Accord by the new law. The Assam Accord was a Memorandum of Settlement signed by the Governments of India and Assam, and the All Assam Students’ Union (AASU) and the All Assam Gana Sangram Parishad (AAGSP) in New Delhi on August 15, 1985. Read more

19:51 (IST)12 Dec 2019
Mobile internet, messaging services withdrawn in Meghalaya

Mobile Internet and messaging services withdrawn in Meghalaya for 48 hours: News agency PTI quoting senior state Home department official

19:50 (IST)12 Dec 2019
Indefinite curfew imposed in parts of Shillong

The Meghalaya government on Thursday evening imposed indefinite curfew in several parts of Shillong. The areas where the curfew is imposed include Jaiaw, Mawkhar, Umsohsun, Riatsamthiah, Wahingdoh, Mission, Mawprem, Lumdiengjri, Lamavilla, Qualapatty, Wahthapbru, Sunny Hill, Cantonment, Boucher Road, Mawlong Hat, Police Bazar, Jail Road, Keating Road, and Polo.

19:41 (IST)12 Dec 2019
Two protesters die of bullet injuries in Guwahati

Two protesters succumbed to bullet injuries in Guwahati amid heavy protests. Officials confirmed both of them were shot at, in two separate parts of the city.

19:14 (IST)12 Dec 2019
Delhi University students hold protest, burn copies of citizenship bill

Delhi University students burnt copies of the Citizenship (Amendment) Bill on Thursday as part of a protest against the proposed legislation which they dubbed as "unconstitutional" and "communal". The protest at the university's Art Faculty was called by various students' bodies, including the Left-backed All India Students' Association (AISA) and Students' Federation of India, and autonomous women students' collective Pinjra Tod, under the banner of Collective-DU. Other organisations and students from Assam also took part in the demonstration. The protesters described the Citizenship (Amendment) Bill (CAB) as "illegal" and also took out a march in the university campus. "The CAB has been brought by the RSS-BJP to further the Sangh Parivar's agenda of a 'Hindu Rashtra'," Delhi University (DU) AISA secretary Madhurima Kunda said. "(Union Home Minister) Amit Shah is no one to tell us whether we are the citizens of this country. The country will not accept citizenship on religious grounds. We also condemn the state's repression of protests in Assam," she said. (PTI)

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Citizenship Amendment Bill protests LIVE Updates:

As tens of thousands of anti-CAB protesters descended on the streets of Assam on Wednesday, the Assam government was caught in wrong foot,  just a day after officials maintained that they were in control of the situation while alleging that the agitation was largely fuelled by misinformation.

Meanwhile, the Central government has issued an advisory to private TV channels against showing content that “can encourage or incite violence or contains anything against maintenance of law and order” or “promotes anti-national attitudes” or anything that can affect the “integrity of the nation”.

Government sources said 50 companies (5,000 personnel) of Central Armed Police Forces from J&K have been rushed to North-East states, particularly Assam. Sources said the forces were pulled out of J&K where the situation following the abrogation of Article 370 is “not expected to deteriorate” with the winter setting in.

The CAB, which 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 was passed in the Rajya Sabha on Wednesday after a division which saw 125 vote in favour and 99 against.

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