An indefinite curfew was imposed in the India’s Guwahati and mobile internet services were suspended in 10 districts of the state of Assam for 24 hours after thousands of protested against the Citizenship Amendment Bill (CAB).
Protesters came out on the streets, clashing with policemen and plunging the state into chaos.
Two columns or about 150 personnel of the army have been asked to remain on standby, the ANI reported.
Police fired blank shots, tear gas shells and lathi-charged protesters, a majority of them students, in different parts of Guwahati, Assam biggest city, as several thousand demonstrators attempted to barge past security barriers to converge on the adjoining state capital Dispur.
Protesters damaged a stage erected on the road for Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s proposed summit meeting with his Japanese counterpart Shinzo Abe on Sunday. Hoardings and banners advertising the government’s schemes were pulled down and set afire in front of the secretariat.
Student leaders, many protesters were injured in police action in front of the secretariat. Several vehicles were set on fire. There have been reports of detention of hundreds of protesters in Guwahati and other places like Dibrugarh and Jorhat.
Agitators also clashed with police in Dibrugarh where rubber bullets and tear gas shells were fired to break up protests. Protests were reported in Jorhat, Golaghat, Tinsukia, Sivasagar, Bongaigaon, Nagaon, Sonitpur and many other districts.
Internet services were shut down in Lakhimpur, Dhemaji, Tinsukia, Dibrugarh, Charaideo, Sivasagar, Jorhat, Golaghat, Kamrup (Metro) and Kamrup districts, a government notification said.
The Chief Minister Sarbananda Sonowal was stuck at the Guwahati Airport on Wednesday after the city resembled a warzone, but his security detail managed to take him to his residence.
A bike rally was organised against CAB in CM Sonowal’s hometown of Chabua.
Northeast Frontier Railway was forced to cancel many trains and rescheduled some that originate from the state.