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VIOLENCE REPORTED DURING NORTH EAST 'BANDH' AGAINST CITIZENSHIP AMENDMENT BILL!

Police officials stand leisurely on a deserted road during an eleven hour general strike called by All Assam Students' Union (AASU) and North East Students' Organization (NESO) in Gauhati, India, Tuesday, Jan. 8, 2019. India’s populous northeast has experienced a near-total shutdown with sporadic incidents of violence to protest a bill introduced in Parliament to grant citizenship to non-Muslim migrants fleeing persecution in Pakistan, Afghanistan and Bangladesh.
GUWAHATI: Sporadic incidents of violence were reported from Assam during the 11-hour bandh called by a number of students' organisation and political parties on Tuesday against the Citizenship (Amendment) Bill, which seeks to provide Indian citizenship to non-Muslims from Bangladesh, Pakistan and Afghanistan, which has completely shut down the region.

In the worst-hit Dibrugarh district, the home district of Assam chief minister Sarbananda Sonowal, bandh supporters pelted stones at police officers, injuring them. Police have retaliated with firing rubber bullets at the protestors.

Elsewhere, the bandh supporters blocked national highways and state highways with burning tyres and felled trees. All Assam Students Union (AASU) advisor Samujjal Bhattacharya appealed to the people to maintain peace during the bandh that started from 5 am. He said that at several places a third force is trying to instigate the bandh supporters to create violence.

Asom Gana Parishad, which pulled out of the ruling alliance in the state on Monday over the bill, has also extended support to the bandh.

Assam Director General of Police Kuladhar Saikia said, "District SPs have been instructed to ensure public peace. Appropriate forces have been deployed across the state to prevent any untoward incidents. Patrolling has also been intensified at all places."

Prime Minister Narendra Modi on January 4, had announced that the Citizenship Amendment Bill, 2016 will be passed as soon as possible in the Parliament as a penance for past injustices.

The bill seeks to amend the Citizenship Act 1955 to grant Indian citizenship to people from minority communities — Hindus, Sikhs, Buddhists, Jains, Parsis and Christians — from Afghanistan, Bangladesh and Pakistan after six years of residence in India instead of 12 even if they do not possess any proper document.

The AGP and other groups in Assam have said the provisions of the bill will nullify the 1985 Assam Accord, which provides for deportation of all illegal migrants, irrespective of religion, who had entered the state after March, 1971. 
 
Source: TOI