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Forty years ago, December 19, 1980: Assam on the boil

At the call of the All Assam Students Union and the All Assam Gana Sangram Parishad, thousands of satyagrahis courted arrest all over the state by taking out processions and defying prohibitory orders.

Updated: December 19, 2020 12:52:18 am
The Indian Express, December 19, 1980, forty years ago.

Three persons were killed, and scores of people were injured in police firing and lathi charges in many towns of Assam on the first day of the 10-day statewide mass satyagraha launched by agitators on the foreigners’ issue. The agitators have stepped up protests by conducting satyagraha at district and sub-divisional offices in protest against what they say is the Centre’s indifference to the foreigners’ issue. At the call of the All Assam Students Union and the All Assam Gana Sangram Parishad, thousands of satyagrahis courted arrest all over the state by taking out processions and defying prohibitory orders. Soon after two deaths occurred in Barpeta, the area was put under curfew.

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