After massive protest rallies were carried out across Assam under ‘Sankalpa Shikha Jatra’ by Krishak Mukti Sangram Samiti (KMSS) led 70 organisations against the Citizen Amendment Bill 2016 section 144 has been imposed in Guwahati with immediate effect.
This has been informed by Harekrishna Nath, the Deputy Commissioner of Police of the West district of Guwahati. Section 144 would remain intact until the next notification, said the Deputy Commissioner.
The 70 organisations will reach Janata Bhawan in Guwahati on November 16 and stage a protest against the Bill, prior to which the administration has imposed the section.
Section 144 of the Code of Criminal Procedure prohibits assembly of more than 5 persons, agitation, demonstration, processions and shouting slogans in the entire West Police District covering areas under Bharalumukh, Fatshil Ambari, Gorchuk, Jalukbari and Azara Police Station without prior permission from the competent authority.
Director General of Police (DGP) Kuladhar Saikia said that the administration world take strong steps against anyone trying to break the law. “We will keep a strict vigil in Guwahati”, added Saikia.
Earlier on the day, the protetsters from Sadia, Dhubri and Diphu were arrested at Tamulpur and Sipajhar.
The 70 organisations also threatened to call for an Assam Bandh if administration doesn’t allow them to hold the meeting on 16th Nov.
Krishak Mukti Sangram Samiti (KMSS) and Assam Jatiyatabadi Yuba Chhatra Parishad (AJYCP) called for a press meet on Thursday and urged the government to release the arrested protesters. He also alleged that the protesters didn’t cause any trouble and carried out a peaceful rally.
The peasant leader also said that BJP and RSS workers are planning an attack on the Protesters on Friday in Guwahati.
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