Feb 9: 12-hour Assam bandh ahead of PM’s visit

Feb 9: 12-hour Assam bandh ahead of PM’s visit
AJYCP members block a railway track at Kamakhya Jn. in Guwahati, Thursday. (PTI)
GUWAHATI, FEB 7 (AGENCIES) | Publish Date: 2/7/2019 10:48:31 AM IST

Ahead of Prime Minister Narandra Modi’s visit to Assam on February 9, the Tai Ahom Yuva Parishad (TAYP) has called for a 12-hour Assam bandh the same day as a mark of protest.

The bandh has been called to demand the scrapping of the Citizenship (Amendment) Bill 2016 and allotment of Scheduled Tribe (ST) status to the six indigenous communities of Assam which includes the Tai-Ahom, Chutiya, Moran, Muttock, Koch-Rajbonghsis, and tea tribes.

It may be mentioned that Prime Minister Narendra Modi is expected to arrive in Assam to take part in what has been announced as the “largest rally ever seen in Assam.”

PM is expected to make a slew of big-ticket announcements for NE when he will address the mega rally at Amingaon at the outskirts of Guwahati.

Many of the leaders protesting the implementation of CAB cautioned the Prime Minister that large-scale protests will erupt as soon as he sets foot here.

Meanwhile, movement of trains was affected in Assam on Thursday morning as members of a youth organization blocked rail tracks, demanding immediate revocation of the citizenship bill and introduction of inner line permit (ILP) in the state.

With banners and placards in hand, the members of Asom Jatiyatabadi Yuba Chatra Parishad (AJYCP) squatted on the tracks for about an hour in several districts of the state, including Guwahati, Sivasagar, Charaideo, Dibrugarh, Tinsukia, Nalbari and Udalguri, police sources said.

At Numaligarh oil town in Golaghat, the agitators came out in large numbers to block National Highway-39 at Rongbong, Letekujan and Panka areas.

A massive protest meeting was also organized by All Assam Students Union (AASU) and 30 allied ethnic groups on Thursday at Naharkatia in Dibrugarh, demanding the withdrawal of the legislation.

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