Protests, bandh mark Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s Assam visit

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HT Bureau

Guwahati, Feb 9: Nude protests, 12-hour Assam bandh, raising of black flags and burning of effigies by agitators over the contentious Citizenship (Amendment) Bill marked the second day of the visit of Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Saturday.

Modi was shown black flags in at least two places here on Saturday for the second consecutive day while on his way to the airport from the Raj Bhawan here.

The All Assam Students’ Union (AASU) claimed that police resorted to mild lathi-charge to disperse its activists who had assembled with black flags and black balloons at the Amingaon-Hajo Road, about 10 km from Modi’s rally at Changsari.

The protesters burnt effigies of the prime minister and released black balloons into the air in different districts across the state.

Protesters, belonging to the Asom Jatiyatabadi Yuva Chhatra Parishad (AJYCP), showed black flags to Modi at Machkhowa area.

Minutes later, a group of students of the Gauhati University too waved black flags at Modi in the Jalukbari area.

Both the groups were detained as soon as they lodged their protest. A few students of the Gauhati University alleged that they were manhandled by police.

Six Krishak Mukti Sangram Samiti (KMSS) activists were taken into police custody when they stripped naked in front of Janata Bhawan here in the morning. They had arrived in cars and stripped naked before holding the protests, a senior police officials said.

A 12-hour Assam bandh was called by Tai Ahom Yuba Parishad to protest against the Prime Minister’s visit, which has paralysed normal life in upper Assam districts of Tinsukia, Dibrugarh, Sibsagar, Lakhimpur and Jorhat. The vehicles were off the road and and shops and business establishments remained closed during the bandh period.

The bandh was supported by the KMSS along with 70 other organisations jointly protesting against the bill.

On Friday evening, the prime minister was shown black flags in at least four different locations as soon as he landed in Guwahati and was travelling from the airport to the Raj Bhawan to spend the night.

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