Citizenship Bill Protests : 2 die in Guwahati as police fire on protesters

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Protestors burn hoardings during their protest strike against Citizenship Amendment Bill in Guwahati | ANI

By Muslim Mirror News

Guwahati, Dec 12 : At least two persons died due to bullet injuries on Thursday after police opened fire on protesters in Assam’s Guwahati, officials said.

An official of the Gauhati Medical College and Hospital said that one person was “brought dead” and another succumbed to injuries while undergoing treatment. The official, however, could not give their names, saying that “they were brought unidentified.

Violent protests continue unabated in Assam and Tripura even a day after Rajya Sabha passed the contentious Citizenship (Amendment) Bill, pushing it one step closer towards becoming a law of the land. The government has rushed Army and paramilitary troops to Assam and Tripura while protests gather momentum and agitators defy curfew orders to hit the streets.

The Army conducted a flag march in the city on Thursday morning. Vehicles were stranded in various cities of Assam due to heavy blockade. Half-a dozen vehicles were burnt. The houses of the BJP and the AGP leaders were attacked in various parts of the State.

A bus terminus of the Assam State Transport Corporation in Dibrugarh was set ablaze by protestors, officials said. A large number of people reached the ASTC terminus at the Chowkidingi area of Dibrugarh and vandalised the complex and set it on fire. Army and fire tenders were rushed and they doused the flames without much damage, a senior district official said.

Train and flight services in the two northeastern states have been widely affected as thousands of protesters have already come out on the streets of Guwahati despite curfew and prohibitory orders.

Guwahati Police Commissioner Deepak Kumar has been removed amid violent protests against the Citizenship Bill. Munna Prasad Gupta will be the new Guwahati police chief.

On Thursday as well, thousands of protesters were seen defying orders in Guwahati and took to the streets, prompting police to open fire. Protests have only intensified in Assam while police say they had to open fire in Lalung Gaon area in Guwahati. The agitators claimed that at least four persons were injured in the shooting.

The State has been on edge as thousands of angry protesters came out on streets defying curfew, thumbing their nose at Army contingents staging flag marches, and clashing with police across cities

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