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Centre’s decision on refugees: Bandh paralyses Assam

Update : 12 Sep 2015, 10:46 AM

A 12-hour statewide bandh has paralysed normal life in Assam of India in protest against the Centre’s move for Indian citizenship to Pakistani, Bangladeshi Hindu, Muslims, Christians and Buddhists.

11 student organisations including AJYCP, Karbi Students’ Union, Matat Students’ organisation declared the bandh that began at 6 in the morning and to end at 6 in the evening on Saturday, reports thenortheasttoday.com.

The All Bodo Students Union also supported the band call in protest against the government's decision to grant entry and right to stay for the Hindu migrants from Bangladesh and Pakistan. 

More than 200 protesters across the state have been arrested during a 12-hour bandh.

The protest marked by burning tyres, pelting stones to vehicles and blocking of roads. Agitated protestors have also destroyed a bus in Guwahati.

The organisations burnt effigy of Prime Minister Narendra Modi in Sivasagar and Naharkatia. In many places, people burnt the effigy of BJP leader Sarbananda Sonowal too.

Bandh has affected normal life in Guwahati, Lakhipur, Sonitpur, Morigaon, Jorhat, Dhemaji district, etc.

All business centres are closed during the bandh and streets have worn a deserted look.

Police has arrested 18 protestors from Thalemara of Sonitpur while they were blocking the roads. Likewise, 40 arrested in Biswanath Chariali, 20 in Margherita, 5 in Hojai, 95 in Kalaigaon so far.

On the other hand, organisations like Bengali Youth Federation, BJP Yuva Morcha have simultaneously staged protest against the organisation who have opposed Centre’s decision on giving shelter to minority refugees coming to India till 31st December, 2014.

They burnt the effigy of Akhil Gogoi, leader of Krishak Mukti Sangram Samitee which has been on a 30 hour long protest state-wide against the decision.

The Bengali Youth Federation also took out a massive bike rally in Chirang district of lower Assam against the bandh.

On the other hand, the BJP Yuva Morcha has also staged protest in Hojai against those opposing centres’ decision on sheltering minority refugees.

The home ministry of India had issued a notification on September 7 exempting minority refugees from Bangladesh and Pakistan who have entered India on or before December 31, 2014, from the relevant provisions of rules and order made under the Passport (Entry into India) Act, 1920 and the Foreigners Act, 1946.

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