As protests against the Citizenship (Amendment) Act spiralled across Assam since December last year, the Sarbananda Sonowal-led state government promised a speedy implementation of Clause 6 as an antidote to the agitation and a measure to protect the interests of the “indigenous” people of Assam.
The comments were posted by Anindya Sen on August 5—on the day of the bhoomi pujan ceremony for the Ram temple in Ayodhya—and a case was filed on August 8 after a complaint from one Rohit Chanda, whose Facebook profile describes him as an ABVP member.
All malls, gymnasiums and restaurants in the state will be allowed to open from Monday to Friday till August 15, with movement of individuals to be strictly prohibited between 6pm and 6am on all weekdays.
An EIA is carried out before the implementation of a project to assess its impact on the environment. The recent draft has run into criticism, with environmental experts pointing out dilution of safeguards against rampant infrastructural development without necessary checks for environmental protection.
An office memorandum issued by the Home Department of the Nagaland government dated July 7 had asked all its employees to self-declare if any of their family members and relatives are members of underground organisations.
Already 113 animals, including 11 rhinos, have died — two of the rhinos succumbed to natural causes. And with this year's deluge said to be the “sixth heaviest” in the park's history, the fear is that the animal toll will rise.
The unlock order comes at a time when the state government has received an intimation by the Centre that by August 15, Assam would report around 65,000 Covid cases while Kamrup (Metro) district alone, under which Guwahati city falls, is projected to have over 32,000 cases.
Noor Jamal, 25, lives at Satrakanara village in Barpeta district, which is heavily flooded. “In the lockdown, I could not sell our produce of vegetables and jute. And now there is flood water in the paddy field, it will damage the crops,” he said.
Rajib Sharma, a correspondent of DY365 channel in the border district of Dhubri in western Assam, was arrested at 2 am on Thursday from his rented house in Gauripur, where he was staying with his ailing father. The father died hours after Sharma was arrested.
The Indian Army, Assam Rifles and Arunachal Pradesh Police launched a joint operation near Nginu in Longding in the early hours of Saturday based on specific inputs about the presence of armed cadres of the proscribed group in the area.