Anti-CAB Stir: Bangladesh Asks India to increase Security in Guwahati

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Bangladesh asked India to strengthen security for its Guwahati mission after protesters defaced two signposts near the chancery amid anti-Citizenship (Amendment) Bill protests in Assam.

The Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Bangladesh said that a convoy of the (Bangladesh) assistant high commissioner was also attacked in the city on Thursday.

According to an official statement issued by the Foreign Ministry in Dhaka, it said that the Indian high commissioner Riva Ganguly Das met acting foreign secretary Kamrul Hasan at his office this evening.

Hasan protested about the attack on the convoy of the (Bangladesh) assistant high commissioner and vandalization of the signposts (of Bangladesh Chancery in Guwahati).”

The statement further reads as, “He (Ahsan) requested for the protection of personnel and property of the Mission by the host government.”

The Indian envoy assured Dhaka that the Indian authorities were alerted of the incident and were directed to increase the security of Bangladesh chancery and the assistant high commissioner’s residence in the city.

Meanwhile, curfew was extended for 48 hours in several districts of the state, internet services were snapped in 10 districts. Several districts of the state saw violent protests despite repeated assurance from Assam Chief Minister Sarbananda Sonowal, Home Minister Amit Shah and Prime Minister Narendra Modi that their rights and culture will be protected despite the CAB under Clause 6 of the Assam Accord.

Despite the heavy resistance in north-east President Ram Nath Kovind gave his assent for the Bill late Thursday night. 

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