Mumbai: Normal life has been disturbed in Northeast, following the passage of the Citizenship (Amendment) Bill, which has now become an Act after President Ram Nath Kovind gave his assent on Thursday.
There were large-scale protests in Assam and other parts of Northeast India against the Act, as the agitators alleged that it opposed the provisions of the Assam Accord, 1985, according to which the extension of citizenship to immigrants from Bangladesh on 24 March 1971 Is the cut-off date.
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Protests against the new legislation that seeks to grant citizenship to non-Muslim immigrants have left two dead in Guwahati. At least two protesters died on Thursday evening when police opened fire on protesters in Guwahati, the epicenter of the massive protests that have brought Assam to a standstill.
A bus terminus was set on fire in Dibrugarh yesterday during the protests. Additionally, the office of BJP ally Asom Gana Parishad was also attacked for voting in favor of the bill.
Train services to Assam and Tripura have been suspended while many flights to Guwahati have been canceled in view of the protests against the Citizenship Act.
The Internet has been suspended for another 48 hours in Assam and Tripura where the protests have intensified since Amit Shah tabled the contentious Citizenship Bill and Rajya Sabha passed it.
All Assam Students Union (AASU), the prominent students’ body in Assam that is at the center of the anti-Citizenship Bill protests, has called for a hunger strike today in the Chandmari area of Guwahati.