Sonowal faces anti-CAB music, KMSS members gherao Atul Bora’s House

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Mani Madhav Mahanta gheraoed in Nagaon, Zubeen’s function cancelled

HT Bureau

GUWAHATI, Dec 8: Activists of Asom Jatiyatabadi Yuba Chatra Parishad (AJYCP) greeted Assam chief minister Sarbananda Sonowal with black flag at Kaliabor, while activists of All Assam Students Union (AASU) gheraoed the residence of Asom Gana Parishad (AGP) president and agriculture minister Atul Bora at Golaghat on Sunday as various student and youth organisations and intellectuals intensified their protest against the Citizenship (Amendment) Bill which will be taken up by Lok Sabha on Monday.

The black flags were waved at Sonowal at Kaliabor in Nagaon district by AJYCP activists. The chief minister was also greeted with black flags at Uzan Bazar in Guwahati.

Sonowal was showed black flags on NH-37 by AJYCP activists when he was on his way to Mousanda Pathar in Kaliabor to attend Dhriti Bandana Mahotsav of Shri Shri Thakur Anukulchandra.

Hours later, AASU activists showed black flags in front of Swahid Bhawan, when his convoy was passing through Uzan Bazar area.

Sonowal was on his way back to his official residence at Brahmaputra Guest House at Kharghuli. The protesters shouted slogans against him and the BJP-led government, demanding the withdrawal of the controversial bill.

On Monday, Sonowal had to ‘flee’ from Dibrugarh as AASU activists staged protest in front of his residence in the upper Assam town.

In Golaghat, activists of Krishok Mukti Sangram Samiti (KMSS) and Satra Mukti Sangram Samiti (SMSS) gheraoed the residence of AGP president and agriculture minister Atul Bora at GF Road.

However, some supporters of the minister arrived at the spot and confronted the protestors leading to clash between two groups.

Finally a team of police led by superintendent of police Pusparaj Singh rushed to the spot and tried to control the situation.  The protesters also clashed with the police.

In the clash SP Singh and additional SP Surjit Singh Panesar along with several other police personnel sustained injuries.  Some protesters were also injured in the clash.

Later Satra Mukti Sangram Samiti Central Committee leader Bidyut Saikia, Golaghat district unit president Satyabrat Saikia along with thirteen other protesters were detained by the police.

Meanwhile, an office of the AGP was vandalized at Dibrugarh by anti-CAB protesters on Sunday.

More than 100 protesters stormed and vandalized the AGP office. Properties in office including the furniture were damaged in the incident.

“We have organised a meeting and decided to take decision on Citizenship (Amendment) Bill. But suddenly large numbers of anti-CAB protesters barged into our party office and vandalised our property,” Dibrugarh AGP vice president Taranath Buragohain said. Dibrugarh SP Gautam Borah reached the spot to take stock of the situation.

On the other hand, huge columns of security personnel have been deployed in front of RSS and BJP officees in Dibrugarh to avert such incidents.

Several hundred of activists of AJYCP gheraoed AGP leader Moni Madhov Mahanta for several hours when he was attending a party meeting at Ripahihat in Nagaon.

Mahanta, who was the vice president or AASU and was spearheading anti-CAB protest in December-January last, assured the protestors he would send the entire feedback to the party leaders immediately.

Meanwhile, former education minister and former AGP president Brindavan Goswami came down heavily on AGP leadership for their support to the CAB and said the bill will be a big threat to the indigenous communities of the state. He appealed to all party workers to protest against party leadership.

Anti- CAB protesters also gheored Dibrugarh BJP MLA Prasanta Phukan’s residence on Saturday night. They staged demonstration in front of his residence.

In Guwahati, activists of AASU took out a torch light procession on Sunday night to register their protest against the contentious bill.

The students of the prestigious Delhi University joined the anti-CAB protests on Sunday. The agitators are claiming that the Bill goes against the spirit of secularism and demanded the government to withdraw the bill immediately.

Shouting slogans against the Bill, and both the Centre and the state government, the protesting students said that the Bill would harm the Assamese community, Assamese language, culture and tradition.

The students from different universities, including Jawaharlal Nehru University, Jamia Millia Islamia and the Aligarh Muslim University along with the members of the All India Students’ Association gathered at the Jantar Mantar in New Delhi to protest against the bill. The protest programme was organised by an NGO named United Against Hate.

Meanwhile, the singer Zybeen Garg took to social networking site Facebook and wrote, “Nooooo CAB .we wl destroy it.”

Zubeen’s programme was cancelled on Saturday at the last moment in Dibrugarh’s Chowkidingi by the district administration “fearing” breach of law and order in wake of anti-Bill protests.

Since day one, the singer has been vocal against the Bill and slammed the Bharatiya Janata Party-led governments at the Centre and State for the move.

Garg had earlier said that the Bill will harm the Assamese culture. While addressing an anti-Bill protest organised by the students of Cotton University and other colleges of Assam in Guwahati on December 6th, 2019, the singer had called upon the people of the state to oppose the Bill.

“We will move the Supreme Court if need arises. I will be the first person to stand before the Supreme Court to oppose the Bill,” Zubeen said while addressing the anti-Bill protestors. Earlier this year, Zubeen had written to Chief Minister Sarbananda Sonowal over the Bill and demanded that the votes the BJP got using an election song sung by him in 2016 be “returned”. In a Facebook post, the singer also offered to return the remuneration received for the song.

 

Nalbari

Activists of AJYCP took out a bike rally in Nalbari to protest against the bill. The rally started from Nalbari to Kaithalkuchi, Kaithalkuchi to Chamata, Chamata to Bahjani, Bahjani to Kamarkuchi and culminated at Nalbari.

 

Torch light rally at Chaparmukh

As part of ongoing state wide protest against CAB, the Raha unit of AASU jointly with Chaparmukh AASU unit took out a torch light rally throughout Chaparmukh town. More than 100 AASU activists, senior citizens and local people of the railway town joined the rally.

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