Tuesday, April 23, 2024

Call for mass protests in Assam as Union government notifies rules of CAA

With the Union government’s notification of the rules for the implementation of the controversial Citizenship (Amendment) Act on Monday, Opposition parties and regional outfits in Assam gave a call for mass protests.

There had been tense anticipation in the northeastern state over the last few weeks regarding the notification.

The 16-party United Opposition Forum in Assam (UOFA) announced a statewide hartal on Tuesday.

Officials have said that all police stations are on high alert and barricades have been erected in major thoroughfares across Assam.

Guwahati police gave a legal notice to the political parties who have called for a ‘Sarbatmak Hartal’ in Assam to protest against the Citizenship (Amendment) Act.

“Any damage to public/ private property including Railway and National Highway properties or injury to any citizen caused due to ‘Sarbatmak Hartal’, legal action under appropriate provisions of law including Indian Penal Code and Prevention of Damage to Public Property Act, 1984 will be initiated against you and the total cost of damage to public and private properties will be recovered from you and your Organization,” the notice says.

Meanwhile, the All Assam Students Union and 30 indigenous organisations have burnt copies of the CAA in different parts of the state, including Guwahati, Barpeta, Lakhimpur, Nalbari, Dibrugarh and Tezpur.

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