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Citizenship Act protests : Is Assam the new Kashmir?

We have seen deafening silence in Kashmir for four months, and now the northeastern state – Assam, is witnessing something similar. From December 11, mobile internet and data services were shut down in the northeast state for 24 hours and later extended up to 48 hours. However, further updates suggest that internet will remain suspended in the state till December 16. In Kashmir, internet has been shutdown for more than 120 days ever since Article 370 was abrogated in August 2019.

As per the government, this move aims to prevent misuse of internet platforms and social media to disturb the peace and order in Assam.

Violent protests escalated to several areas in West Bengal as mobs set buses ablaze, set afire railway property and blockaded road and rail disrupting train and vehicular movement against the new Citizenship Amendment act.

Beledanga railway station complex in West Bengal‘s Murshidabad district was set on fire on Friday evening by thousands of people protesting against the Citizenship (Amendment) Act. The protesters also thrashed personnel of the Railway Police Force that were at the Beldanga railway station complex.

The curfew imposed amid protests against the amended Citizenship law has been relaxed from 9am-4pm and 10am to 7pm in Guwahati and Shillong, respectively. Long queues were seen outside shops at several places in Assam, including in Dispur, Uzan Bazar, Chandmari, Silpukhuri and Zoo Road. Petrol pumps in the city have also opened with vehicles waiting in lines to refuel. However, schools and offices remained shut.

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