Amid Protest Against Citizenship (Amendment)Bill, Army Deputed In Tripura

Amid Protest Against Citizenship (Amendment)Bill, Army Deputed In Tripura

Amid Protest Against Citizenship (Amendment)Bill, Army Deputed In Tripura
New Delhi: Violent protest continues across part of North East for a third straight day over the CAB that was presented in Rajya Sabha this afternoon. In reply to requests, The Indian Army has deployed two columns to the Kanchanpur and Manu areas of Tripura while a third is on standby in Assam's Bongaigaon.  One Column is of at least 70 soldiers and is led by one or two officers. 
According to a statement by Army spokesperson colonel Aman Anand, Field  Commanders and the army HQ are monetoring the situation closely.

Deployment of a Police Quick Response Team in Assam's Dibugarh district and arounf 5,000 paramilitary personnel in North East have also been confirmed, as state and central governments brace for backlash against the CAB from student-led civil society organisations.



North East has been sustained and widespread protest against the controversial Citizen (Amendment) Bill;  agitations were held earlier this year as well - in the run-up to the 2019 general election. Protesters including political leaders allied with the ruling BJP have expressed concerns that migrants allowed by bill could endanger identity and livelihood of local people.

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Protests erupted across different parts of BJP-ruled state with the security forces resorting to lathi-charges in Dispur, Guwahati, Dibrugarh and Jorhat. About 25 protesters, which includes women and some journalists were injured. Earlier, the influential North East students Organisations (NESO) were backed by political parties pledged to observe a 11-hour shutdown in the North East.
On Tuesday, Tripura government blocked mobile internet and SMS services across the state for 48 hours because of the protests. 

The communications clampdown came into effect even as many demonstrators raised slogans against the centre in Agartala, demanding the state be kept out of the concern of the bill. Before that, protesters set market on a fire, where the shops were mostly owned by non-tribals in northeast state's Dhalai district.
In view of the agitations, examinations in schools, colleges and universities in Assam, Tripura, Mizoram and Meghalaya have all been delayed.

In previous week, Amit Shah who led the centre's push on the controversial CAB in Lok Sabha on Monday and did same again in Rajya Sabha today, held extensive meeting with stakeholders in North East, saying appropriate exceptions had been made and urging protesters to stand down.
Following from the meetings the draft version of controversial Citizenship (Amendment) Bill excluded tribal areas of North East including Assam, Tripura, Meghalaya and Mizoram, as well as the area under "The Inner Line" permit system.
The bill sailed through the Lok Sabha on Monday - by 334 votes to 104.

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